Quecholteca (MH619v)

Quecholteca (MH619v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the ethnicity Quecholteca ("People of Quechollan" or, if singular Quecholtecatl with letters in the binding, "Person of Quechollan") shows two quecholli feathers and a stone (tetl), the latter having a phonetic role in the suffix -teca (ethnic affiliation). An additional element appears on the right end of the stone, but how it contributes to the reading of the glyph is unclear. Perhaps it is a wing of a quecholli bird.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The quecholli was a bird whose feathers had an important ritual role in the 20-day month of the same name. The beak may also be notable. Elizabeth Hill Boone translates Quechollan (the place name) as "Large Beaked Bird." [See her Stories in Red and Black (2000), 185.] This man, Benito Quecholteca, has a noteworthy orthographic feature in his first name, the use of "p" for b, and one in his Nahua name, where "g" is used for q.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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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: 

birds, pájaros, plumas, Quechollan, etnicidad, afiliación

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

quechol(li), a bird, the bird's feathers, associated with a festival, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quecholli
te(tl), stone, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tetl-0
-teca, plural affiliation suffix, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/teca-4

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Gente de Quechollan

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 619v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=321st=image.

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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