Macuilaca (MH563r)

Macuilaca (MH563r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph plus notation for the calendrical personal name Macuilaca (“Five-Reed,” attested here as a man’s name) shows five small circles and, below that, a frontal view of an upright reed plant in the form of a stalk with a small leaf on each side.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

While it is not the case with this example, by the time of this manuscript, 1560, some calendrical names were dropping the number and reducing the name to the day sign alone (which makes it less obvious that it is a date). Some suggest that this could be related to the threat of old religious beliefs that calendrical names retained their divinatory implications.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

gil macuilaca

Gloss Normalization: 

Gil Macuilaca

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

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

reeds, canes, cañas, ones, unos, numbers, números, fechas, dates, calendario

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

macuil(li), five,
aca(tl), reed or cane, and a day sign in the calendar,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Cinco Caña, o 5-Caña

Image Source: 
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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