icpatl (TR42v)

icpatl (TR42v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the noun icpatl (thread or yarn) shows a frontal view of a vertical, looping skein or hank with a knot in the middle and the ends hanging down. The skein is tied much like a loincloth. The skein is on a green background.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It is not clear what substance this is. Yucca, palm, maguey, and cotton were all fibers known and used for textiles in Mesoamerica prior to the European invasion, which resulted in the introduction of additional fibers, such as silk and wool. See "El textil artesanal en México."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


thread, yarn, skein, hank, hilo, madeja

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el hilo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f110.item. We have taken this detail shot from the indicated folio.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).