Ce Calli (Mdz2r)

Ce Calli (Mdz2r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This combined notation and simplex glyph for a solar year (xihuitl) date, One House, includes a single one (ce) on the top and the house or building (calli) below. The one is a small circle with a smaller concentrical circle in the middle. The house or building is the usual, rectangular structure with T-shaped wooden beams. It is shown in profile, facing to the viewer's right. The entire date (including the background) is painted a turquoise color, and it is enclosed in a black line-drawing box (which is not shown here). The color (xihuitl) recalls the word for year (also xihuitl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Calendrics were an important element in the Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos.

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

dates, fechas, ones, numbers, números, years, años, casas, edificios, arquitectura, houses, buildings, xiuhpohualli, turquesa, xihuitl

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 02 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 14 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).