Itzcuauh (MH499v)

Itzcuauh (MH499v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Itzcuauh (here, attested as a man’s name) shows an upright obsidian blade curving toward the right and, above that, an eagle's head in profile, looking toward the viewer's left. The eagle has tufts of feathers sticking up all around its head. Its beak may be open.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The man's name, Itzcuauh (or "Flint-Eagle") was also held by one of Moctezuma's lords who played a vocal role during the Spanish invasion of the capital, and it was the name of an actual bird that, according to Clavijero (1844), not only hunted other "large birds and hares, but it also attacks wild beasts and men." The context image for this glyph shows that Martín Itzcuauh worked in textiles, for there is a spindle above his name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Martín Itzcuauh

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

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 499v, 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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