Chicuace Calli (TR15r)

Chicuace Calli (TR15r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This combined simplex glyph plus notation stands for the day sign Chicuace Calli (Six House, or 6-House). A notation of five ones appear to the right of the house. These are small circles in a vertical row. The calli is largely painted yellow, but the T-shaped (wooden) beams are red, and the support at the bottom of the upright beam is left white. Four small rectangular shapes run across the top of the roof of the building, suggestive of crenelation. The house is shown in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. The entire date is boxed in with a red line.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The crenelation on the roof of the house is not quite like the tenantli examples that we have (see below) which, in the Codex Mendoza, tend to be stepped.

In contrast to this day sign, a year date can be boxed in (or painted over) with turquoise blue, given that the name of this color (xihuitl) is a homophone of the word for year (also xihuitl). In the Codex Mendoza, sometimes the ones will be grouped, so, for a number like six, they might be presented as a group of five plus one more.

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


houses, buildings, casas, edificios, numbers, números, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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

Seis Casa, 6-Casa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

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

Image Source, Rights: 

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