Chamol (MH484v)

Chamol (MH484v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Chamol has two principal elements. One is a home [chan(tli)], which looks much like a house or other building, drawn with black lines and having largely right angles, except for a small angle at the back. The home is shown in profile, with the T-shaped opening or entry way facing the viewer's right. The other element is an upright scarlet parrot feather [chamol(li)] hovering over the entryway to the home.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The "chan" element is a phonetic indicator that this red feather is not simply an ihuitl (feather), but a scarlet parrot feather, which begins with "cham." Notice how the name Chamol is apocapated (shortened from chamolli). Red feathers of various kinds (e.g., cuezalin feathers) see the were highly prized, as were the green quetzalli feathers, and yellow parrot feathers [toz(tli)] figure in a great many glyphs. The man who has this name has also been baptized, "Diego," which became his first name, while he kept his Nahua name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego chamol

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Chamol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres and Stephanie Wood

Number of Parts (of compounds): 
Reading Order: 

houses, homes, casas, hogares, feathers, plumas

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

La Pluma del Loro Escarlata

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 484v, 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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