Matlactli Omome Miquiztli (FCbk4f7r)

Matlactli Omome Miquiztli (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 Miquiztli ("Twelve Death," or 12-Death), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph is a frontal view of a skull, white with some gray shading (showing European stylistic influences). To the right of the skull the notation shows twelve (matlactli omome) small circles connected by lines. These circles (two rows of five and a row of two) are painted green. As the contextualizing image shows, this date and two others are boxed in, which is typical of dates, even if there is a shared purpose of separating the 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, muerte

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

Trece Muerte, o 13-Muerte

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: