Macuilaca (MH607r)

Macuilaca (MH607r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph and notation representing the personal name Macuilaca (Five-Reed, or 5-Reed), shows five (macuilli) dots lined up vertically. On their left is a frontal view of vertical reed or cane (acatl) with round ends and three segments. This is a calendar name, with acatl being a day sign.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Some calendrical names in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco have lost their number element and some have lost their day signs, only retaining the numbers. Sometimes the tlacuilos make mistakes in rendering the numbers. See below. It is unclear whether the changes in calendrical names represent an effort to disguise them and avoid the displeasure of the clergy or whether the use of the tonalpohualli was organically fading. Calendrics were an important element in the Nahuas' religious view of the cosmos.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juan maCuilaca

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Macuilaca

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

números, plantas, calendarios, fechas, días, tonalpohualli

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

Diez Caña, o 10-Caña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 607r, 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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