Cuixtli (Verg10v)

Cuixtli (Verg10v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuixtli (“Kite,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of the head of a small bird of prey (the cuixtli), which is called a "kite" in English. It has wispy tufts of feathers, its eye is open, and its beak is open. It looks like an eagle (cuauhtli), but the writer has provided a stellar or starry eye (ixtli, which rhymes with cuixtli), as a phonetic indicator to help the reader know the intention behind the bird's head is not cuauhtli. The eyelid of the stellar eye is white, unlike sometimes.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Source Manuscript: 
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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

near Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

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Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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Reading Order, Notes: 

It is difficult to say which part should be read first, but perhaps the bird. The eye above it is just to clarify or support the reading; so, alternatively, it could go first, tipping off the reader about what is to come.


ojos, pájaros, aves rapaces, rapaz

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

cuix(tli), small bird of prey called a kite,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Milano (un pequeño ave de rapiña)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

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