Matlactli Cuauhtli (FCbk4f27r)

Matlactli Cuauhtli (FCbk4f27r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of a simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Matlactli Cuauhtli ("Ten Eagle," or 10-Eagle), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph is a standing eagle (cuauhtli) in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. The eagle's eye and beak are open. It is a brown color with a white chest. Its legs and claws are golden. Above the head of the eagle is the notation, two rows of five small circles painted red. Lines connect the dots. There are ten in all (matlactli). This date is entirely boxed, which is common for dates, even if there is the shared purpose of separating the glyph from the text on this page, as can be seen in the contextualizing image below.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

águilas, animales, pájaros, números, calendarios, días, fechas, tonalpohualli

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

Diez Águila, o 10-Águila

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: