macuilli (CQ)

macuilli (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This notation is a horizontal line of five small circles (ones, counters) standing for the number five. The coloring of the circles is varied. From the left it starts red, then yellow, then white, and begins to repeat again.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The colors of the circles (ones) in this notation have a pattern that may be found in other notations from this codex. With close study, the pattern of the the colors could reveal their reading order. The choice of colors could also prove significant. Sometimes, in place of white, there is a turquoise blue or a blue-green used by authors of this manuscript. The red, yellow, and white are all colors that coincide with colors of maize and with some cardinal directions.

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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

Other Cultural Influences: 

five, cinco, numbers, números

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


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.

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