Chicon (MH484r)

Chicon (MH484r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph plus notation, acting like a compound, is drawn in black ink and stands for the personal name, Chicon. It has two components. One is a horizontal row of seven (chicome) round dots (or small, filled-in circles). Below the dots is an upright ceramic pot or jug (comitl) which phonetically reinforces that this name (the number) ends in -con. Another example of the name Chicon, below, shows just seven upright lines that are joined at the bottom by a horizontal lines. In that case, the comitl was not added.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

What is curious is whether the number in this man's name was once accompanied by a calendrical day sign. Chiconquiyauh would have the same Chincon- start to the name. Chicomacatl is a popular name, for example. It combines the number seven--Chicom-, in this case, before a day name starting with a vowel, acatl (reed/cane). The ceramic piece here is not a day sign. It is also curious that it would be seen as necessary to reinforce the -con ending on the number. There is one other example, however (see below). Still, normally, we treat the calendrical names as a simplex glyph (of the day sign) and a notation (the number that is the companion of the day sign), placing it strategically in the calendar. As calendrical names evolved, it was more common to see the number drop away and the day sign remain. That said, calendrics still figured importantly in Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos in 1560.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

seven, siete, numbers, números, ollas, cerámica, barro, cantaros

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 484r, World Digital Library, 484r =

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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