Quetzallamel (MH524v)

Quetzallamel (MH524v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This painting of the compound glyph for the name Quetzallamel (perhaps "Straight Quetzal Feathers") is attested here as a woman's name. It shows four green, vertical quetzalli feathers (from the quetzal bird). They have a slight curve to them, but they stand fairly straight, which points to the verb tlamelahua (to go straight) that has blended with the stem for quetzalli (which results in the dropping of the t and the doubling of the l). Below the feathers is a curve from which pour downward seven streams of water, each one with black lines of current and droplets (or beads) at the tips. The water (atl) provides the phonetic complement that points to the sound "a" after the Quetzal- start to the name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

ana guetzallamel

Gloss Normalization: 

Ana Quetzallamel

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

feathers, plumas, straight, derecho, agua, water, mujeres, woman, women

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 524v, 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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