Icpatepec (Mdz15v)

Icpatepec (Mdz15v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound hieroglyph for the place name Icpatepec has two elements, a ball of thread, yarn, or twine (icpatl), sitting atop a hill or mountain (tepetl). The locative suffix (-c) (as given in the gloss) is not shown visually, but it combines with -tepe- to form -tepec, a visual locative suffix meaning "on the hill" or "on the mountain."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Considering how icpatl may be a phonetic indicator for icpac (above), the town in question may be a settlement that is on top of a hill or mountain, giving it that name. It might have have anything to do with textiles, necessarily. But perhaps it does.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Icpatepec, 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

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

thread, yarn, mountains, hills, on top, above, encima

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

icpa(tl), ball of yarn or thread, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/icpatl
-icpac (locative suffix, above or on top), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/icpac
-tepec, on the hill or mountain, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepec 

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 15 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 41 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).