Calchopitl (MH658r)

Calchopitl (MH658r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Calchopitl (perhaps "House of Chopitl," attested here as a man's name) shows a frontal view of a house (calli) or building. It is a rectangular house. The entryway is framed with beams. The lower part of the house has horizontal lines that make it look dark at the bottom, but most of the house is left unpainted or whitewashed. The -chopitl part of the name does not seem to have visual representation in the glypy.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The frontal view of houses and other buildings was not the norm for hieroglyphs prior to the Spanish invasion and colonization of Mexico. This view typically comes with houses that have a special use or purpose. This one may be named for a famous person in history, or perhaps chopitl has another meaning. A chochopitl, with the reduplicated syllable, was a type of bird whose habitat was the central highland lakes.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

bartholome calchopitl

Gloss Normalization: 

Bartolomé Calchopitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

esclavitud, esclavos, casas, edificios, nombres de hombres

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

cal(li), house or building,
Chopitl, name of an enslaved person in history,
chochopi(tl), a type of bird,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Casa de Chopitl (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 658r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: