Mecahuan (MH502r)

Mecahuan (MH502r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Mecahuan ("He Who Has Ropes," attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of three, upright, parallel, twisted cords that curve slightly to the right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As found in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary (link provided below), the mecatl could also be a whip, a noose, a unit of measure for land, and a term for a consort. .

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Mecahuan

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


ropes, cords, sogas, cuerdas, nooses, lazos

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

Él Que Posee Cuerdas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 502r, 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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