Calli (MH493r)

Calli (MH493r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of a simplex glyph for a house or building (calli) is also the Nahua name of a baptized man, Juan Calli. The glyph has a somewhat rare, full frontal view of a building. It features a large entry way lined with broad wooden beams.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The calli is both a day sign and a year sign in the calendar. Probably, here, it was a day sign that once had a numeral to go with it, indicating on which calli day the person was born. The calli is rarely given in a frontal view. When it is a frontal view, it is because there an unusual feature or building with a specific purpose that is being emphasized. Otherwise, normally, a generic calli is shown in profile. It can face left or right. See some examples below.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juā calli

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Calli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán and Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

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

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 493r, 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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