Chicomaca (MH648v)

Chicomaca (MH648v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of the compound glyph for the personal name Chicomacatl (or "Chicome Acatl," "Seven Reed" or 7-Reed) is attested here as a man's name. The compound includes a pot (comitl), a phonetic indicator for the number seven (chicome). The reed (acatl) is vertical, yellow, and segmented. It has two green leaves. The reed stands in the pot.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is a calendrical name from the 260-day religious, divinatory calendar, the tonalpohualli. If not specifically referring to the calendar, the name can also refer to a medicinal herb called chicomacatl, which probably still also has associations with the calendar. Originally, a calendrical name such as this would have shown the number seven in a notation of dots. Perhaps to disguise that this was a calendrical name, the pot takes the place of the notation.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

cerámica, plantas, cañas, días, fechas, calendarios, tonalpohualli, nombres de hombres

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

Siete Caña, o 7-Caña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 648v, 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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