Zacacatl (MH513v)

Zacacatl (MH513v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Zacacatl (perhaps "One From Zacaco") here attested as a man's name) shows a clump of vertical grass or hay (zacatl) that has a circular binding at the base. The diagonal lines on the binding suggest that it is a cord (perhaps a mecatl). Below the binding may be small quill-like feathers, unless roots are intended.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The man who bears this name may be from a place called Zacaco (today, Zacanco), given the presence of the -catl (ethnic affiliation) on the end of the noun zacatl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

antonio çacancatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Zacacatl

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 and Stephanie Wood


grasses, hay, straw, hierbas, heno, paja

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

zaca(tl), grass, hay, straw,
-catl, a suffix indicating affiliation,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

una persona de Zacaco (hoy Zacanco)

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 513v, 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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