Quetzalecatl (MH609r)

Quetzalecatl (MH609r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Quetzalecatl ("Quetzal Feather-Air" or "Quetzal Feather-Wind") is attested here as a man's name. It shows what appears to be the head of a bird with a huge beak and a protruding tongue. It is in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. The "beak" is about three times the width of the head. The animal's eye is open. On the top of its head, emerging stright upward, are what must be three quetzal feathers.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The "ecatl" in this name suggests the divine force of the wind, Ehecatl. As is often the case, however, the reduplication of the "e" is not shown in the gloss.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

andres g~çalecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Andrés Quetzalecatl (or Andrés Quetzalehecatl?)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

feathers, quetzales, wind, air, breath, viento, aire, aliento

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

Pluma de Quetzal-Aire o Pluma de fpartsQuetzal-Viento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 609r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=300st=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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