Huehuecoyotl (MH777v)

Huehuecoyotl (MH777v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Huehuecoyotl ("Old Coyote") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a coyotl (Nahuatl for coyote, which comes to English from Spanish) with a wrinkled face (suggesting "elder," huehue-). The coyote is shown as a head only, in profile view, looking toward the viewer's right. His visible eye is open, as is his mouth. His teeth are visible, and his ears are leaning back somewhat.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Huēhuecoyōtl appears in the Codex Borgia and in the Vaticanus B codex, according to Elizabeth Hill Boone. She also notes that the coyote had a "habit of threatening people along the road" and a "proclivity to sow discord and cause ruin. She adds that in the Borgia image he holds a string of jewels that associate him with "the lords of pleasure." The Vaticanus B image relates to his being "a liar and a deceiver." (See her Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate (2013).) In Sam Egerton's Theaters of Conversion (2001), Huehuecoyotl is said to be associated with "sportive pleasures, mischief, and eroticism...," and in an article by Gabrielle Vail and Allen Chistenson [in Birds and Beasts of Ancient Mesoamerica, eds. Susan Milbrath, ‎ Elizabeth Baquedano (2023, 284)], he is referred to as "hypersexual."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

melchior . vevecoyotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Melchor Huehuecoyotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

coyotes, animales, viejos, nombres de hombres, música, sexo, travieso, arrugados

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

Coyote Viejo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 777v, 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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