Ome Calli (FCbk4f11r)

Ome Calli (FCbk4f11r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of a simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Ome Calli ("Two House," or 2-House), in the religious divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli. The glyph is a frontal view of a calli with the wooden beams framing an open entryway (shown as dark gray with hatching). The base of the two upright beams sit on what may be gray stone blocks. The foundation has two layers, a thin gray one and a thicker white one below that. The sides of the building or house (calli) have two short, horizontal, hatch marks about half way up. Above the horizontal wooden lintel is a black rectangle with two horizontal rows of white or gray circles (perhaps representing stars). Very short vertical lines run along the top of the roof. To the right of this building are two small circles painted red. This is the notation for two (ome). This date is boxed in, which is typical of dates, even if there is a shared purpose here of separating the date from the alphabetic text on the page (as the contextualizing image shows).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The frontal view of this calli is different from the profile view in the comparison below, which comes from the Codex Mendoza (c. 1541). The frontal views increase with European influence.

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

tonalpohualli, días, fechas, calendarios, casas, edificios

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

Dos Casa, o 2-Casa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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