Macuilatl (MH733v)

Macuilatl (MH733v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph plus notation (functioning as a compound) for the personal name, Macuilatl (“Five Water” or “5-Water”) is attested here as a man’s name. It is a calendrical name from the religious divinatory 260-day calendar. The day sign is water (atl), which is shown as a swirling body of water than flows downward, with lines of current and droplets that look like beads at the bottom. The companion number is a five, which is drawn as five short vertical lines above the swirling water.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The number five has twenty day signs with which it can combine. A couple of other examples appear below. Sometimes, by the time of this manuscript (1560), the day names have dropped away (or possibly been suppressed, due to the clergy’s discouragement of the use of the ancient calendar), and the name is simply the number five, by itself.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

números, cinco, agua, fechas, calendarios, tonalpohualli, nombres de días, nombres de hombres

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

Cinco Agua, o 5-Agua

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 733v, 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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