Chicuace Quiyahuitl (FCbk4f6v)

Chicuace Quiyahuitl (FCbk4f6v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph and notation stands for the date Six Rain (or 6-Rain) in the tonalpohualli, or 260-day divinatory calendar. The clouds are represnted with small circles, and the rain drops appear at the end of short gray streams, one from each small cloud. The companion number appears to the right of the clouds and rain, connected to one another and to the clouds with a red line. Five ones appear in a horizontal row, and the sixth one is centered above that row, also connected to it by a red line.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As other examples of rain (below) reveal a pattern of short streams of water with a droplet at the end. The most simplified glyph has one short stream with one droplet, but there can be two, three, or a much larger number of raindrops. Occasionally, a turbinate shell will appear in place of a raindrop. Clouds only sometimes appear. The notation results in something of a visual math equation of five plus one. The contextualizing image shows five different dates from this calendar, and each one has a different day name and a different companion number.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


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, fechas, días, seis, lluvia, números

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

Seis Lluvia, o 6-Lluvia

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: