Itzcahua (MH627r)

Itzcahua (MH627r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Itzcahua is attested here as a man's name. It shows a vertical row of five, triangular, obsidian points (itztli) on their sides, pointing toward the viewer's right. The points seem to be attached to something, perhaps a piece of wood.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Itzcahuatzin, in the reverential, was the name of a ruler in what became Tlalmanalco, Chalco. The meaning of the name, beyond having obsidian blades as its central feature, remains to be delineated. Here, the name Itzcahua is held by a tribute payer.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


obsidiana, navajas, cuchillos, nombres famosos, nombres de hombres

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

Itzcahuatzin, a ruler in what became Tlalmanalco, Chalco,
itz(tli), obsidian blades,
cahua, to leave, abandon, relinquish,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Hoja de Obsidiana Abandonada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 627r, 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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