Chalchiuh (MH488r)

Chalchiuh (MH488r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Chalchiuh (“Precious Green Stone,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a large circle with four tiny circles evenly placed around the perimeter. Inside the large circle are two smaller concentric circle. Between the large circle and the next inner circle, the space is segmented.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph represents the precious green stone, also called jade or jadeite. This was not only a name but a term of endearment for babies and children.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

gonçallo chalchiuh

Gloss Normalization: 

Gonzalo Chalchiuh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres and Stephanie Wood


jades, piedras preciosas, verde

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

chalchihuitl, a precious green stone,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Jade

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 488r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: