Ce Calli (FCbk4f53v)

Ce Calli (FCbk4f53v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful simplex glyph-plus-notation refers to Ce Calli ("One House," or 1-House), a day in the religious divinatory calendar. It shows a house (calli) in profile, facing toward the viewer's left. The building is clearly made of stone or adobe blocks in the form of small white rectangles. The entryway is lined with brown-colored beams. The top of the building has a double row of small white circles on a black background, possibly meant to convey stars in a dark sky. In front of the building is one small circle painted red, representing the number ce (one).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As the contextualizing image shows, this day sign is surrounded by text in Nahuatl and Spanish, discussing the pros and cons of being born on this day in the calendar. Another source explains how a cihuateotl, a divine female force could descend to Earth and cause havoc, such as haunting crossroads. One such figure in a stone sculpture held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has the glyph for Ce Calli carved into her head, as this would be the date of her descent to earth. [See: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/307634.]

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

ce calli

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tonalpohualli, fechas, días, calendarios, casas, edificios

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

Uno Casa, 1-Casa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: