Cacalomacan (Mdz33r)

Cacalomacan (Mdz33r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph represents the place name Cacalomacan. It includes a crow [cacalo(tl)] and an arm with a hand [ma(itl)]. The locative suffix -can is not shown visually. The crow is a dark gray, shown in profile, looking to the viewer's right. Its beak is open, perhaps a subtle commentary on the crowing sound they make. The human arm above the bird is bent at the elbow, and the open (left) hand appears above the head of the bird.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The open hand is poised to grab or capture (ma) the bird, which adds a possible layer of graphic syllepsis, overlapping with maitl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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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).