Matlactli Omome Coatl (FCbk4f7r)

Matlactli Omome Coatl (FCbk4f7r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of a simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Matlactli Omome Coatl ("Twelve Serpent," or 12-Serpent), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph is a gray, undulating snake or serpent (coatl). It is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its visible eye and its mouth are open. The notation of 12 (matlactli omome) connects to the serpent at its chin. The notation consists of three horizontal rows of small circles painted yellow. These are all connected by lines. The contextualizing image shows that this date and two others are boxed in, which is typical of dates, even if there is a shared purpose of separating these images from the alphabetic text.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tonalpohualli, fechas, calendarios, días, números, serpientes

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

Doce Serpiente, o 12-Serpiente

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: