Itzcoloco (MH626v)

Itzcoloco (MH626v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the place name Itzcoloco ("At the Obsidian Blades") shows a tool (itzcolotli) for making obsidian blades. It has a vertical shaft and a protrusion that comes out horizontally and then goes vertically a short way, creating something of a hook. The protrusion appears to be tied onto the shaft. Above the tool is a building that provides something of a semantic locative (-co). The building is shown in a frontal view. Is two vertical beams framing the entryway are painted black at their bases, which may represent European influence (as does the frontal view).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The hook on the shaft may have had the purpose of keeping hold of the core while striking (knapping) it to create the blades. For further information, photos, and drawings, see: John E. Clark, "Stoneworkers' Approaches to Replicating Prismatic Blades," in The Emergence of Pressure Blade Making, ed. Pierre M. Desrossiers (2012).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Itzcoloco, barrio

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

barrios, place names, nombres de lugares, herramientas, obsidiana, navajas, topónimos

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

itzcolo(tli), a tool for making obsidian blades,
-co (locative suffix), in or at,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

En [el lugar de] La Herramienta para Hacer Hojas de Obsidiana

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626v, 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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