Quetzalcoatl (MH643v)

Quetzalcoatl (MH643v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing for the simplex glyph for the personal name Quetzalcoatl ("Feathered Serpent," a reference to a divine force or deity) is attested as a man's name here. The visual has yet to be deciphered, but it looks something like the bracketing, outwardly curving lines of a ball court as it appears in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco on folio 501 verso. But perhaps they are meant to be quetzal feathers. Between these parallel elements is something that looks like a vertical creature of some sort. Perhaps it is meant to be a serpent (coatl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

gaspal guetzalguatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Gaspar Quetzalcoatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

quetzales, águilas, pájaros, plumas, animales, canchas de pelotas

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

Quetzalcoatl, divine force/deity or the title of a high priest, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quetzalcoatl
quetzal(li), quetzal feathers, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quetzalli
coa(tl), snake or serpent, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/coatl
cuauh(tli), eagle, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/cuauhtli

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 643v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=369&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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: