Chalan (MH744v)

Chalan (MH744v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Chalan (“Talkative Person”) is attested here as pertaining to a man. It shows what is probably a ceramic bowl with four legs, and it is brimming over with small circles that have a dot in the middle of each one, like beads. Coming from the tribute payer’s mouth are four speech scrolls, two curling upwards and two curling down. These scrolls go up to the bowl. Together, these are semantic indicators of the elements that the verb chalani comprises, which can refer to the sound of breaking ceramics. The verb can also refer, however, to a person who talks more than usual, and that may well be the meaning here.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

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Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

ruido, sonido, cerámica quebrando, hablar mucho, nombres de hombres

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

chalani, to talk a lot, or the sound breaking ceramics make,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Persona Habladora

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 744v, 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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