Huacmitl (MH537v)

Huacmitl (MH537v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Huacmitl (“Laughing Falcon-Arrow,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of what we presume to be the laughing falcon, the huactli. Its wings, tail, and feet all suggest movement. Behind the falcon is an arrow mitl) at a diagonal.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Some arrows were made from the tzihuactli, the floral shaft of the agave. Perhaps the huactli bird is provided here as a phonetic indicator for tzihuactli.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

paltasal huacmitl

Gloss Normalization: 

Baltazar Huacmitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

arrows, flechas, birds, pájaros, hunting

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: