xicalli (Mdz23v)

xicalli (Mdz23v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the noun xicalli (gourd vessel) shows a frontal view of a yellow bowl with a round bottom and a red band near the rim. Running through the red band are two horizontal black lines. While we do not have a Nahuatl-language gloss to ensure that this is a xicalli, there is a gloss in Spanish ("xicaras") which makes it clear what this gourd vessel would have been called in Nahuatl. The term xicalli entered Spanish as the loanword, "jícara."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

xical(li), gourd vessel,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la jícara

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0)