Chimaleheca (MH626v)

Chimaleheca (MH626v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Chimaleheca ("Wind Shield") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph includes a war shield (chimalli) that is a circle with a feathered fringe on the bottom third. Inside the circle are four half-circles attached to the inside of the perimeter. Each of these has some dots inside it. To the right of the shield is an anthropomorphic head in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. It wears a buccal mask that looks something like a duck's beak. This was the device that the divine force of the wind (Ehecatl) was perceived to use for the purpose of blowing wind.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The vast majority of both simplex and compound glyphs that include ehecatl (wind) typically spell it as ecatl or the simple stem, eca-. The reduplication as seen in the glyph here is rare. Gordon Whittaker recommends that we keep careful track of the use of reduplication or its absence.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Chimaleheca

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

escudos, rodelas, guerra, viento, fuerza divina, deidades, deities, religión

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

Rodela-Deidad del Viento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626v, 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: