Itzcotecatl (MH500r)

Itzcotecatl (MH500r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name or ethnic identity, Itzcotecatl (“Person from Itzcotlan”), is attested here as a man’s name. It shows two black, pointy pieces of obsidian blade (itztli). Below that is a face reminiscent of ecatl, air/breath, which may be a phonetic indicator for the suffix referring to affiliation (-tecatl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The -tecatl ending on the "name" here suggests an affiliation with an altepetl or smaller settlement, hence the idea of the name showing an ethnicity, given that people identified most strongly with the settlement where they were born and grew up.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

obsidiana, navajas, hojas, caras

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 500r, 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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