Quetzalpactoc (MH487v)

Quetzalpactoc (MH487v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Quetzalpactoc (here, attested as a man’s name) shows a group of four feathers (quetzalli) in a vertical position. They curve slightly to the left. The gloss suggests that these are healthy (pactoc) feathers, but this does not necessarily appear to be expressed visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

"Healthy Quetzal Feathers" would appear to be the meaning of the name. Quetzalli were especially valuable feathers that traveled to central Mexico from a considerable distance. Perhaps "healthy" feathers were ones that had not gotten damaged in transit.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

alonso quetzalpactoc

Gloss Normalization: 

Alonso Quetzalpactoc

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


feathers, plumas, quetzales

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

Plumas Sanas de Quetzal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 487v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=53&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: