Matlactli Once Cuetzpalin (FCbk4f7r)

Matlactli Once Cuetzpalin (FCbk4f7r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of a simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Matlactli Once Cuetzpalin ("Eleven Lizard," or 11-Lizard), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph is a dark gray lizard (cuetzpalin) in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its mouth is open. Its tail is long. Connecting to the lizard by lines is the notation for the number eleven (matlactli once), which literally says ten plus one and has nothing to do with the Spanish word for eleven, once. The notation involves two rows of five circles painted red, connected by horizontal lines. The extra one appears above the left-most circle in the top row of five. A short vertical line connects it. The contextualizing image shows that this date (and two others) are boxed in, which is typical of dates, even if there is a shared desire to separate these visuals 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, lagartos, animales

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

Once Lagarto, o 11-Lagarto

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: