cica (MH633r)

cica (MH633r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cica is attested here as a woman's name. The elements are a woman's head in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. This is not the head of the person of the census, but another female head. There is an object at her neck that is difficult to identify. Perhaps it is a grasping hand (where the fingers are not visible), representing the "hua" syllable of cihuatl (woman)? A speech scroll comes out of her mouth. Having a voice could imply a leadership role, perhaps suggesting cacica (elite Indigenous woman), which overlaps by two syllables with the name Cica.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

An alternate reading of the name could be Tzica, referring to the large, red, poisonous, biting ant (tzicatl).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

María Cica (or Tzica?)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 

women, mujeres, voice, voz, speech, hablar, cacicas

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

cacica, a female indigenous elite,
tzica(tl), a large, red, biting, poisonous ant,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 633r, 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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