Cuitlahuaca (Azca9)

Cuitlahuaca (Azca9)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph refers to the people of Cuitlahuac, sometimes called a calpulli (in this case, an ethnic group associated with migration). The calpulli name glyph can also double as a place name. The glyph features a building (perhaps meant to be a tecpan, or ruling palace) in profile, open to the right, and representing the place, Cuitlahuac. The building is clearly made from bricks (probably adobe although they have been given a red color). The platform or foundation and the roof both have white horizontal construction. The T-shaped entrance has yellow or golden beams, probably wooden. Above the building is a golden-brown square, seemingly a reference to gold (teocuitlatl) more than excrement (cuitlatl). Water (atl) sprays in four streams off the top of the square and down its right side. Unusually, the water is white with golden droplets or shells, along with lines of current (movement).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

post-1550, but content about the migration from Aztlan to about 1527

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

perhaps Tlatelolco, Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Number of Parts, Other / Comment: 

The building, which we are counting, is a semantic locative. The other two parts are the water and the block of gold.

Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
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Image Source: 

The Codex Azcatitlan is also known as the Histoire mexicaine, [Manuscrit] Mexicain 59–64. It is housed in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and hosted on line by the World Digital Library and the Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress is “unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection.” But please cite Bibliothèque Nationale de France and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.

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