Itzcoa (MH551v)

Itzcoa (MH551v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Itzcoatl (“Obsitian-Serpent,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a diagonal, thick, black line with four and a half small white circles, each one with a black dot in the middle. On both sides of this black line at an angle are small black triangles with the points outward. Apparently, the small triangles represent sharp obsidian (itztli) points and the serpent (coatl) is the diagonal thick black line with circles.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See other examples of the name Itzcoatl (or, in the reverential, Itzcoatzin), below. For another serpent with these circular shapes on its skin, see Tezcacoacatl, below. Curiously, a glyph for Tetlacuilol shows a sign much like this one.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diegū itzcovā

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Itzcoa (or Itzcoatl)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

snakes, serpents, víboras, serpientes, obsidiana, navaja, cuchillo

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

Serpiente de Obsidiana, o Navaja-Culebra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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