Chicomaca (MH832r)

Chicomaca (MH832r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph and notation for the personal name Chicomaca ("Seven Reed" or "7-Reed") is attested here as a man's name. The simplex glyph is the reed (acatl), which is horizontal here, with symmetrical leaves. The reed is segmented like bamboo or like what is called carrizo in Spanish. At the left end of the reed is a vertical row of seven tiny circles, representing the number seven (chicome). This is a calendrical name that has been drawn from the religious divinatory calendar of 260 days, the tonalpohualli.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Chicomacatl is also the name of a medicinal herb, but it seems a greater likelihood that this is a calendrical name. Of course, the plant may have some connection to the meaning of that date.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā chicomaca

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Chicomaca (or Chicomacatl, or Chicome Acatl)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


nombres de hombres, nombres de días, números, calendarios, plantas, cañas, Chicomacatl, Chicome Acatl

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Siete Caña (7-Caña), o una hierba medicinal(?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 832r, 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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