Ahuitzotl Name Glyph

Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by Lucas
published on 11 July 2016

The name glyph of Aztec ruler Ahuitzotl (1486-1502 CE). The image is of an Aztec mythical hyper-aggressive otter that lived at the bottom of a lake and ruthlessly preyed on any creature which approached the lake’s banks. The creature, often depicted with a human hand at the end of its tail, was used as the name glyph for the king in Aztec commemorative sculpture. Replica of an original stone from Tepoztlan, c. 1500 CE. (Peabody Museum Collection, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

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