Xolotecatl (MH784r)

Xolotecatl (MH784r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name and ethnicity Xolotecatl ("One from Xolotlan") is attested as a man's name. The root of the town name is xolotl, which can refer to a dog, an ancestor, or a divine force associated with lightning and death. Further research is required to determine how this glyph might represent one of these. It is a trapezoid, wider at the top than the bottom, and it is divided into roughly four equal, vertical sections. The result is fan like.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The puzzling shape of this glyph recalls one of the glyphs for quemitl, one of the glyphs for Nauhyotl, and some fletching on an arrow in the glyph for Miton, but none of these is a convincing match. See below.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

anto xollotecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Xolotecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


nombres de hombres, etnicidad, Xolotlan, fuerza divina

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

Xolotecatl, someone from Xolotlan, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xolotecatl
xolo(tl), a dog, an ancestor, or a divine force associated with lightning and death, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xolotl

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 784r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=642&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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