ecatl (MH609r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of a glyphic element, the noun ecatl ("breath" or "air"), which has been extracted from the compound name Quetzalecatl. The visual clearly points to the buccal mask with the wind-blowing device associated with the divine force of the wind, Ehecatl.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Typically in this collection, the deity name Ehecatl is abbreviated as ecatl in the glosses in this collection, omitting the reduplication. Here, the mask exaggerates the blowing device. Also, it is attached to what appears to be a bird head. Some people see the device as looking something like a duck bill.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


mascarillas, boca, viento, aliento, aire, fuerzas divinas, patos

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 609r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).