Macuilli Calli (CQ)

Macuilli Calli (CQ)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This combined simplex glyph-notation for a date that was given as a personal name consists of a row of five (macuilli) small circles (colored red, turquoise blue, and a yellowish-brown), arranged in a vertical row, to the left of the half of a house or building (calli). The building has a red roof and a brown wooden beam holding it up. Its foundation is a horizontal white platform.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The arrangement of five ones here is somewhat different from some other renditions of the same number, as can be seen below. If it is not random, the way they are colored may have a pattern (red, brown, blue, and starting again). The context image shows that the man with this name, Macuilli Calli (Five House, 5-House), sits on a jaguar-skin covered icpalli (an Indigenous seat of authority or throne). He also wears a cape or cloak (tilmatli) tied over one shoulder. These are indicators that he was an elite Nahua male.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

Parts (of compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Other Cultural Influences: 

five, cinco, house, casa, building, edificio, numbers, numeros, names, nombres, dates, fechas

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

Cinco Casa, 5-Casa

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: