Nauhacatl (MH653r)

Nauhacatl (MH653r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Nauhacatl (or "Nahui Acatl," "Four Reed" or "4-Reed") is attested here as a man's name. This is a name that derives from the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. Acatl is a day name, and the companion number here is four (nahui). Parents would often name a baby based upon the date of the birth in this calendar, and the child's fate was believed to be affected by what the calendar portended. The four reeds are vertical here, and they are segmented much like bamboo.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name Nahuacatl or Nauhacatl had been held by a famous Nahua, the sixth son of Tizocic, according to Tezozomoc (1598), as cited in the Gran Diccionario Náhuatl,

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā navacatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Nauhacatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

números, cuatro, cañas, nombres famosos, nombres de hombres, calendarios, días, años, nahuacatl, tonalpohualli

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

Cuatro Caña, o 4-Caña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 653r, 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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