chamolin (FCbk8f65v)

chamolin (FCbk8f65v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound hieroglyph for the feather called chamolin comes from the Florentine Codex, Book 9, folio 65 verso. The glyph is spelled with phonetic complementation as cha-CHAMOLIN (with the house glyph for cha, and a red feather logograph for CHAMOLIN).

Description, Credit: 

Allison Caplan

Added Analysis: 

As can be seen in the contextualizing image, this glyph appears in the middle image on the right. It is paired with TZANATL (the black bird logograph just to the left), both of which are the types of red and black feathers used specifically for creating contour lines in feather paintings, as described in the alphabetic text immediately flanking it. See also: Allison Caplan, "So It Blossoms, So It Shines: Precious Feathers and Gold in Pre- and Post-Conquest Nahua Aesthetics," M.A. thesis, Tulane, appendix, 2014, p.139.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Allison Caplan

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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

plumas, feathers, red, rojas, rojo, scarlet, escarlatas, parrots, cotorras, papagayos

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

chamol(in), a scarlet feather, a feather from a scarlet parrot,
tzana(tl), a black bird, the Slender-billed Grackle,

Image Source: 

Florentine Codex, World Digital Library and Library of Congress,

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: