Chiconquiyahuitl (FCbk4f21v)

Chiconquiyahuitl (FCbk4f21v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of a simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Chiconquiyahuitl ("Seven Rain," or 7-Rain), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph represents rain (quiyahuitl) water falling from a dark cloud. The water comes down in five short streams, each one punctuated at the lower end with either a turbinate shell or a water droplet. Black lines of current show movement in the water. Below the rain is a horizontal row of seven small circles painted red. This is the notation for seven (chicome). Below the circles is a mount of yellow and green with curving blades of grass at the top. This landscape painting suggests European stylistic influence. This date is boxed in, which is typical for dates, even if there is the shared purpose of separating the date from the text on the page (as can be seen in the contextualizing image below).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

siete, lluvia, números, agua, calendarios, fechas, días

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

Siete Lluvia, o 7-Lluvia

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: