Matlactli Calli (FCbk4f7r)

Matlactli Calli (FCbk4f7r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of a simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Matlactli Calli ("Ten House," or 10-House), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph is a house (calli) in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. It is comprised of a group of rectangles. One has a line going not quite all the way across it, horizontally. A tiny rectangle is painted golden. This would be part of the wooden beams that frame the entryway. To the right of the house--and connected to it by a red line--is the notation for the number ten (matlactli). This involves two horizontal rows of five circles, all connected by lines, and all painted green. As the contextualizing image shows, this is one of four dates that are boxed together. Often, single dates have a box around them.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tonalpohualli, días, fechas, calendarios, casas, arquitectura

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

Diez Casa, o 10-Casa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: