Chalcaoc (MH564v)

Chalcaoc (MH564v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Chalcaoc (“Pulque of Someone from Chalco,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a two-part cup with a bowl and an inverted base. The cup has a horizontal line drawn just below its lip. Small circles cluster and slightly overflow the top of the cup. These circles could represent precious green stones (chalchihuitl), or perhaps they are bubbles coming up from the foaming pulque beverage (octli) that could be inside the cup.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The cup appears to be a xicalli; at least there is a similar one from the Codex Mendoza. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

aloso chalcaoc

Gloss Normalization: 

Alonso Chalcaoc

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


beverages, bebidas, pulque, cups, tazas, ethnicities, etnicidades

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

El Pulque de Alguien de Chalco

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: