Itzcuincuitlapilco (Mdz8r)

Itzcuincuitlapilco (Mdz8r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the place name Itzcuincuitlapilco can also serve to represent the itzcuintli dog or its tail (cuitlapilli). It is only half a dog, the lower half. It is shown in profile, sitting, facing toward the viewer's left, with a long tail on the right. It is largely white, but with some black spots.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The bodily position of the dog speaks to cuitlatl (excrement), and attention is drawn to the animal's tail (cuitlapilli). The itzcuintli is, incidentally, a day sign in the calendar.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 8 recto,, image 26, of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).

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