Chicon (MH500r)

Chicon (MH500r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Chicon (here, attested as a man’s name) shows seven (chicome) vertical markers (simple black lines) connected at the bottom with an additional horizontal line.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name, "Seven," could be part of a calendrical name, where the day sign has dropped away. In the Matrícula de Huexotzinco there are other examples of counters such as these. The writers/painters of this manuscript also sometimes provide counters of ones that are dots and circles. See below for some examples. As calendrical names evolved, it was more common to see the number drop away and the day sign remain. Chicon may have started out as Chiconquiyauh, for example. Chicomacatl is a popular name that may have become shortened to Chicon. Macuil may be another name like Chicon. It may have started out as Macuilxochitl or Macuilquiyauh, etc., and then it became apocopated. Regardless of a possible error here, calendrics figure importantly in Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Chicon

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

ones, unos, numbers, números

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 500r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: