Yecatototl (MH649v)

Yecatototl (MH649v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This multi-colored drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Yecatototl (perhaps "Fresh-Water Bird") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a bird (tototl) in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its wings are green and white, its chest is gold, its beak terracotta, and its head is pink. Its white eye is open. Footprints seem to rise up from the bird's feet, perhaps suggestive of the verb yauh, to go. The yauh may be a phonetic indicator for the start of the name Yeca- (fresh water).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This name sounds much like yacatototl, weevil. If that is the intended reading, then the compound is fully phonographic.

Footprint glyphs have a wide range of translations. In this collection, so far, we can attest to yauh, xo, pano, -pan, paina, temo, nemi, quetza, otli, iyaquic hualiloti, huallauh, tepal, tetepotztoca, totoco, otlatoca, -tihui, and the vowel "o." Other research (Herrera et al, 2005, 64) points to additional terms, including: choloa, tlaloa, totoyoa, eco, aci, quiza, maxalihui, centlacxitl, and xocpalli.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā yecatototl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Yecatototl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

insectos, gorgojos, pájaros

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Gorgojo o Cierto Pájaro

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 649v, World Digital Library,

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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