Teocuitla (MH630r)

Teocuitla (MH630r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Teocuitla ("Gold," short for teocuitlatl and attested here as male) shows a stone (tetl) in a horizontal position with diagonal stripes alternating dark and light. The ends are curling, and the one on the left is darkened somewhat. The tetl provides the phonetic start to the name, standing in for teotl (divinity). Above the stone are two pieces of excrement (cuitlatl), one standing upright and one horizontal and leaning left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Te- and -cuitlatl provide the phonetic values for teocuitlatl, which means gold, silver, or other precious metals. The use of the glyphic element tetl, in place of the glyph for teotl, may have been a conscious decision, a move to avoid pre-contact religious glyphs. Alternatively, it was a kind of shorthand, easier to draw than the teotl glyph, or perhaps artist/writer had forgotten the glyph (which appears below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Teocuitla

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

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

gold, oro, metales, excrement, excremento, stone, piedra, divinidades, deidades, nombres de hombres

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 630r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=342st=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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