Cuitlahuac (Mdz2v)

Cuitlahuac (Mdz2v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Cuitlahuac shows a water channel (apantli) in cross section and is therefore trapezoidal in shape. The water is a typical turquoise-blue color with horizontal lines running through it, including one especially thick black line toward the middle. The water channel or canal has a yellow frame below the water line. Dropping into the water is a yellow curling object, excrement (cuitlatl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This compound glyph for Cuitlahuac shows excrement or excrescence (cuitlatl) falling into water (atl). The singular possessor suffix -hua- is not shown visually unless the water (atl) is given in the form of an apantli so that it can contain the excrescence. Some examples of apantli from the Codex Mendoza have a red and yellow lining, and some also have an added layer of green and yellow.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

cuitlahuac. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Cuitlahuac, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

water, agua, canals, canales, excremento, locative -c

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).