calli (T1735:2:108)

calli (T1735:2:108)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography shows a bird's eye view of a house (calli) complex, highlighting the foundation and locations of walls and entrances. Three doorways have openings with lintels above, which almost provide an elevation perspective. There is also apparently an interior courtyard faced by two doorways in the lower left corner of the rectangular shape of the compound.

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Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This arrangement of a group of buildings with a patio is fairly typical of household compounds in the Nahua world. The context image shows how the compound also has an accompanying plot of land. That parcel could be called a calmilli or a callalli. A head of a man and a head of a woman appear inside the housing compound in the contextual image.

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Stephanie Wood

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Stephanie Wood

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


houses, casas, buildings, edificios

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la casa, las casas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Single-page codex, Archivo General de la Nación, México, Ramo de Tierras, vol. 1735, exp. 2, fol. 108

Image Source, Rights: 

The Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), México, holds the original manuscript. This image is published here under a Creative Commons license, asking that you cite the AGN and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.

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