Metzontetl (MH737v)

Metzontetl (MH737v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Metzontetl (perhaps “Leg Hair-Stone”) is attested here as as a man’s name. It shows a horizontal stone (tetl) with the usual alternating dark and light stripes on a diagonal, plus curling ends. Above the stone is a maguey plant (metl). If this name really does refer to leg hair (metzontli), then these two elements are both phonetic indicators, and the -tzon- (from tzontli, hair) part of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

piedras, magueyes, pelo, piernas, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

posiblemente, Pelos de las Piernas-Piedra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737v, 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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