Quetzon (MH518v)

Quetzon (MH518v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Quetzon ("Long Hair") shows a human head with an extra clump of hair (tzontli) coming off the back of the head. The head is shown in profile looking to the viewer's right. The long hair was not put right onto the head of the tribute payer as can happen; rather, here, it is drawn onto a separate head.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The lock of hair called a tzontli was often bound with a leather strap and it acted as a kind of ponytail or top knot at the top of the head. This hairstyle can be found on priests and warriors. A group of hairs could also look like grass or have a tree shape. See some examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

aol guetzō

Gloss Normalization: 

Alonso Quetzon

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

pelos, cabello, hair, hairstyles, heads, cabezas

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 518v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=116&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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