Itzeheca (MH626v)

Itzeheca (MH626v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Itzeheca ("Obsidian Wind") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows a vertical row of triangular obsidian points (itztli) on their sides, pointing to the viewer's left. Attached and to the right of these triangles is the anthropomorphic head of the divine force of the wind (Ehecatl) with his buccal mask that served to blow the wind. The mask here resembles a duck beak.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Very often, glosses that identify the divine force of the wind (Ehecatl) leave out the reduplication of the first syllable, just writing Ecatl or the stem in combining form, Eca-. It is worth noting here that it is reduplicated.

The name in the reverential, Itzehecatzin, was held by a famous Tlaxcaltecatl, and it is still found in use today in Instagram and Facebook. Here, the name was in used by a tribute payer.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Itzeheca

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

obsidian blades, knives, cuchillos, obsidiana, viento, fuerza divina del viento, deidades, deities

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

Itzehecatzin, a famous Tlaxcaltecatl leader,
itz(tli), obsidian, obsidian knife,
eheca(tl), wind or divine force of wind,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Cuchillo de obsidiana-Fuerza Divina del Viento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626v, 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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