Ecatl (MH737v)

Ecatl (MH737v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name (“Air,” “Breath,” or “Wind”) is attested here as a man’s name. It builds onto the tribute payer’s own head by adding the blowing device buccal mask that is associated with the divine force of the wind, Ehecatl, which is also a day name and therefore a common personal name for families that consulted the religious divinatory calendar, tonalpohualli. Such calendrical names would typically have a numberical component that also came from the calendar. Here it is lost or perhaps suppressed.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

aliento, aire, viento, deidades, fuerzas divinas, calendarios, nombres de días, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737v, 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).

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