Quetzalcoatl (MH525r)

Quetzalcoatl (MH525r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Quetzalcoatl (“Feathered Serpent,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of seven feathers [quetzal(li from the Quetzal bird coming up from the back of a coiled serpent. The serpent's head is in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its protruding tongue is bifurcated. It has a small rattler tail.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Quetzalcoatl is a fairly rare name for humans, but it is the name of a well-known divine force. One of Quetzalcoatl's aspects is as Ehecatl, the divine force of the wind. Ecatl is a hugely popular name for men in this Matrícula de Huexotzinco. James Maffie (2014, 284) reminds us of the special powers of Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl, saying he "twists, swirls, gyrates, spins, and spirals," summarizing a description from the Florentine Codex.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juan quetzalcohuatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Quetzalcoatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

plumas, serpientes, deidades

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

Quetzalcoatl, a personal name, a deity, and a priest, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quetzalcoatl
quetzal(li), quetzal feathers, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quetzalli
coa(tl), snake, serpent, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/coatl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

La Serpiente Emplumada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 525r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=129&st=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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