Tepoztli Icue (MH557v)

Tepoztli Icue (MH557v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tepoztli Icue (“His Skirt of Metal,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a shirt with what are apparently four wide blades of pointed metal. The line across the top of the four blades is straight or flat, and the points at the bottom of each blade have the look of an upside-down picket fence.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Whether the Nahuas had something like this or adopted it from Europeans is unclear. But, the "metal skirt" was part of the suit of armor worn by the Spanish invaders in the early sixteenth-century. [See: H. Micheal Tarver and ‎Emily Slape, The Spanish Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia, 2016, 205.[

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

alūsu tepuztlicue

Gloss Normalization: 

Alonso Tepoztli Icue

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

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

metals, metales, cobre, skirts, faldas, posesivo

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

tepoz(tli), copper, metal, axe, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepoztli
i-, possessive pronoun
cue(itl), skirt, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/cueitl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Falda de Cobre

Image Source: 
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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