Yacatl (MH647r)

Yacatl (MH647r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Yacatl ("Nose" or "Leader," attested here as a man's name) shows a human nose in profile, facing toward the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Body parts sometimes had meanings beyond the literal, so a yacatl could be a mountain peak or point, and a yacatl could be a leader, given how our nose leads the way when we go forward. There are also human shoulders and elbows that refer to bends in rivers, and the like.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

philipe yacatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Felipe Yacatl

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


narices, líderes, anatomía, nombres de hombres

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

yaca(tl), nose, point, or leader, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/yacatl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 647r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=376&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: