Chicome Cuetzpalin (TR15r)

Chicome Cuetzpalin (TR15r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This combined simplex glyph for a lizard [cuetzpal(in)] and notation for seven (chicome) is a date. The lizard is painted turquoise blue, but it has protruding white fangs and a protruding red tongue. Its body is shown in a bird's eye view, and it is positioned at an angle, head up, and leaning toward the right. The seven ones that comprise the notation are grouped as four vertical ones and a black line (a visual conjunction) connecting those ones to three more horizontal ones, creating the equivalent of a mathematical phrase, 4 + 3 = 7.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This day sign comes from the tonalpohualli, the 260-day divinatory calendar. Calendrics figure importantly in Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

tonalpohualli, días, fechas, calendarios, animales, lagartija, lagarto

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

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 15 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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