Callalatl (Verg15v)

Callalatl (Verg15v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Callalatl (“House Land-Water,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a house (calli) in profile facing toward the viewer's left. Three sprays of water (atl), each with a droplet or bead at the end, emerges from the entry way of the building. Hanging down from the bottom of the T-shaped doorway of the building is a round bell with horizontal stripes and an opening at the bottom for the sound to escape.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The verb "to ring" (calani) is something of a homophone for house land (callalli). Thus, the bell seems to play a phonetic role to help the reader arrive at the sense of the water (irrigation) pertaining to house land, which was typically used for agricultural purposes, perhaps something like a kitchen garden. The term for outside is calan, which is also close here. Further research is required.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

matheo. calallatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Callalatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

casas, edificios, agua, campanillas, campanas, pinjantes, bells, suenan, metales, nombres de hombres

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

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