Iczotl Iyacac (CQ)

Iczotl Iyacac (CQ)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph of an iczotl bush stands for the place name Iczotl Iyacac (perhaps the "Point of the Yucca"). This plant is tall with a long brown trunk, some lighter brown or golden fronds hanging down, and nearly a dozen green fronts standing upright.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The yucca plant here has a little shading on its trunk and some shading in toward the base of its fronds, giving it a three-dimensional look. The point of a yucca leaf could be very sharp. Perhaps it had a use in perforating skin for bloodletting purposes. Also, some textiles were made from yucca fiber. Comparing this yucca with the one, below, from the Codex Mendoza, we see that both have a signature fringe of old leaves hanging down the trunk.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

ycçol yyacac

Gloss Normalization: 

Iczotl Iyacac

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

points, puntas, plants, plantas, places, lugares, Iczotliyacac

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

Iczol iyacac “Among the Yucca Sprouts.” Matthew T. McDavitt, “Placenames in the Codex Quetzalecatzin,” unpublished essay shared 2-21-2018.

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

La Punta del Yuca

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: 
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