Malteotl (MH832r)

Malteotl (MH832r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Malteotl (perhaps "Captive Deity" or a thigh bone wrapped in paper and wearing a mask) is attested here as a man's name. It shows a right hand (maitl) reaching in from the left. In the hand is a disproportionately small, naked, male captive (malli) in a seated position, in profile, facing right, with its hands and feet going forward. The -teotl (divinity) part of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Before captives were offered in human sacrifice in honor of the divine forces (teotl), the captives could be stripped naked. (See Enrique René Martínez, Encounter of Two Worlds, 1992, 217.)

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā malteotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Malteotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

desnudo, cautivo, víctima, sacrificio, ofrenda, nombres de hombres

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 832r, 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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