Huacaltepec (Azca12)

Huacaltepec (Azca12)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Huacaltepec includes various elements. Foremost is a carrying frame (huacalli). This has a wooden frame and net sides. The hill or mountain (tepetl) is surprisingly round, looking something more like a cave. It has rocky outcroppings on the top and sides. Below the huacalli, which is in front of the hill, is a red (leather?) horizontal tie. Below the tie is what may be a piece of cloth or clothing--white with red and white trim at the bottom (perhaps a skirt, cueitl). Finally, a spurt of water (atl) comes out to the right side and downward. The water may play a phonetic role, as there are two a's in the name huacalli.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Huacaltepec, Mexica [domain]

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

tecnología, cargar, redes, agua, hills, mountain, cerros, montañas, ropa, textiles, faldas

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