itzcolotli (MH627r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of an example of iconography that captures the tool called the itzcolotli. In the context, it represents an occupation, but a gloss is not provided. We do know what kind of tool this is thanks to the place name Itzcoloco, which is attested separately (see below). This tool has a vertical shaft (held here by a hand) and a protrusion that comes out horizontally and then goes vertically a short way, forming something of a hook.

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

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

herramientas, obsidiana, navajas, itzcolotli

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

itzcolo(tli), a tool for making obsidian blades,

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 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).