Huilacatl (MH528r)

Huilacatl (MH528r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Huilacatl (here, attested as a man’s name) shows an anthropomorphic snail (huilacatl). Its curving body is out of the shell. Its head is human-like, shown in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. The head does not have any hair.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

If this is a name that is literally not about a snail, it could be about a flute, for the verb huilacapitzoa refers to the playing of a flute. If this is the case, then the snail is a phonetic indicator and not meant literally. The curving body of the snail, in such a case, could also serve as a volute relating to sound.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

luys . huilacatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Luis Huilacatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 

caracoles, snails, animales

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

huilaca(tl), a type of snail, or a flute,
huilacapitzoa, to play a flute,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 528r, 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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