Tzopilotl (MH579r)

Tzopilotl (MH579r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tzopilotl (“Turkey Vulture,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a bird's head in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. Its visible eye and its beak are both open. At the base of its head the feathers are rather spiky.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The zopilote (Hispanized version of the Nahuatl) was a day sign in the calendar. This personal name, therefore, may have once had a numerical companion to the vulture, and perhaps this number dropped away over time--either inadvertently, or it was dropped to put distance between the name and the pre-contact era beliefs about the meaning of that day sign.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Luis Tzopilotl

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: 

vultures, zopilotes, birds, pájaros

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

El Zopilote

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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: