tlatoa (MH483r)

tlatoa (MH483r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for the verb to speak (tlatoa) (or tlahtoa, with the glottal stop) has been carved from the compound glyph for the personal name Cuauhtlatoa ("Eagle-Speaks"). The element is a set of teeth, connected to the eagle head in the original glyph with black lines. Four upper and four lower teeth are shown in a profile view, facing the viewer's right. Gums surround the set of teeth. The teeth are slightly parted.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlatoa is usually shown with speech scrolls (volutes) or curling lines emerging from a mouth. See examples below.

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres

Shapes and Perspectives: 

language, lenguaje, hablar, to speak, speech, discurso

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, 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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