Ixquemecan (Mdz21v)

Ixquemecan (Mdz21v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Ixquemecan consists of two principal components, a ritual bib (quemitl) that is located over the eyes (ixtli) of a human head. The quemitl, which could be cloth or paper, is trapezoidal and entirely white. The haircut and style of the human hair suggests a male. His hair is dark and straight, with bangs and the rest of his hair falling just below his ears. His skin is terracotta-colored.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The attention to the eyes is meant to provide the phonetic value for a ixquemitl) (a garment, sometimes a small shift or skirt given to a baby girl), if it is not a quemitl) (a ritual vestment or bib-like garment). The ixquemitl or quemitl covering the eyes may be made of cloth or paper. It does not have the small, vertical, black hash marks along the bottom of the rectangle or trapezoid, such as we see with the quemitl) of Tequemecan (below, right).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

yxquemecā. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Ixquemecan, pueblo

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: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

ritual vestments, ritual bibs, garments, eyes, face, cloth

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 21 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 53 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).