Ichcatlan (Mdz40r)

Ichcatlan (Mdz40r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a green and white drawing of the simplex glyph for the place name Ichcatlan.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This simplex glyph for the place name Ichcatlan is the same as the glyph for ichcatl), cotton. The locative suffix -tlan is not shown visually. It is shaped like a flower with three round balls that are white with dotted edges and inverted u's in their centers. These u's are reminiscent of the texturing on the cotton fillet that is attached to the malacatl) (spindle) (see below, right). Below the three balls is a green, inverted cap and a stem. Women were the spinners and weavers. Cotton was an important base for textiles, including armor for warriors.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

ychcatla. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Ichcatlan, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


cotton, cotton bolls, flowers

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 40 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 90 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).