Huilacatl (MH652r)

Huilacatl (MH652r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Huilacatl (perhaps
"Snail") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a man's head in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. A curving snail's (huilacatl) body comes down from the man's neck and curves up to the right (perhaps representing the verb ilacatzoa ("wraps around"). If this is a phonetic complement, then the glyph is a compound.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


curvas, caras, cabezas, caracoles, flautas, nombres de hombres

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

huilaca(tl), a type of snail, or a type of flute,
ilacatzoa, to wrap around, entwine,
huilacapitzoa, to play a flute,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Caracol, o Flauta

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 652r, 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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