calli (Mdz33r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This building, comprised of rectangles in white (exteriors) and orange (wooden lintel and doorway), has its opening to our right. Thus, it is shown in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. The building also has a flat base, a relatively small vertical structure, and the roof involves a long overhang above the entrance. This glyph is part of the compound making up Calixtlahuacan.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Joaquín Galarza argued that this standard sign for calli was half of a building. But, if we flipped the building over and joined the two pieces together, the beam across the top would not be continuous.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

SVG of Glyph: 
SVG Image, Credit: 

Joseph Scott and Crystal Boulton-Scott made the SVG.


houses, buildings, architecture, casas, edificios, arquitectura

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

house or building (here, facing right)

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la casa o el edificio

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza follio 33 recto,, image 76 of 188.

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).

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