zozo (MH593v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element (which we are naming "zozo," to sew or to string things together) comes from the compound hieroglyph for caczoqui (shoemaker). The element shows two bones that are sharpened at the tips as tools for sewing. The bones are horizontal, with a visible epiphysis (or head, where the joint would have been) at one end, and the sharpened tips are pointed toward the right. There is a short line about halfway across the length of each bone, separating the points from the epiphyses.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The visual reduplication of the sewing implements supports the name "zozo" which has an alphabetic reduplication. We have also named this element as zozo based on the comparative glyphs for the place name Zozollan and the element zotl. This element here looks something like two pair of scissors, but we know that they are bones based on the comparison glyphs.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


huesos, bones, sewing, coser

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

zozo, to string things together, sew, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/zozo

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).