Chimal (MH517v)

Chimal (MH517v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex for the personal name Chimal (a shortened form of chimalli, war shield), is held by a man in this example. The shield in this case has concentric circles and fringe (probably made of feathers) hanging down below the circle. The outer row on the circle has hash marks reminiscent of the structure of the water canal (see below). The central circle has a design whereby there are double, curving lines running horizontally in the upper half. Below that are three u-shapes.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See the cuexyo shield design, below, for another example of the design meant to be conveyed in this glyph. The cuexyo shield design could vary somewhat in the shapes and colors of its details. Another two such shields from the Matrícula de Huexotzinco also appear below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

dio chimal

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Chimal

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


shields, escudos, rodelas, feathers, plumas

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 517v, 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).

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