Calli (MH485v)

Calli (MH485v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of a simplex glyph of the noun for house/building (calli) is shared with the simplex personal name Calli. It shows a somewhat rare, full frontal view of a house or building with a foundation and wooden beams around the entrance.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name Calli, attested here as male (combined with the baptismal name Agustín, interestingly glossed with an accent, which is somewhat unusual), is a calendrical sign used for both day and year names. Various sources suggest it was a propitious day upon which to be born, and that was why it became a popular name. See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary entry for calli.

This frontal view of a building is far less common than the profile view, as a Quick Search in this database will attest. Two other frontal views are buildings that required more information to clarify their meaning, Huapalcalco (with beams) and Iztacalco (where salt was made).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

angustín calli

Gloss Normalization: 

Agustín Calli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


houses, buildings, casas, edificios, names, nombres, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, 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).

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