Itzcuin (MH634r)

Itzcuin (MH634r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Itzcuin (shor for itzcuintli, “Dog,” attested here as a man’s name) shows the head of a dog in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its eye is open, as is its mouth, and its tongue protrudes. Its teeth are visible. The dog's two ears stand up.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Itzcuintli is a day sign in the 260-day divinatory calendar. Typically, such a day sign would combine with a number from 1 to 13. Here, the number was inadvertently dropped or perhaps suppressed, given that calendrics were a significant part of Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss 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: 

dogs, perros, calendarios, calendars, dates, fechas

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

el perro

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 634r, 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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