Acachinan (MH503r)

Acachinan (MH503r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Acachinan ("Reed-Chinampa," attested here as a man’s name) shows a square that is probably a fence panel, a (chinamitl). It is filled with a mesh that is criss-crossing canes or reeds (acatl), something like bamboo or carrizo, a type of cane in Mexico. These reeds are at an angle, and they are segmented.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The reed construction is likely in place to reinforce the sides of an agricultural plot that is made from dredging mud from canals and piling it up.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Acachinan

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

agriculture, agricultura, chinampas, estructura, construcción, cañas, carrizo

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

aca(tl), reed,
chinam(itl), a reed enclosure or fence, sometimes part of an agricultural construction known in Spanish as chinampa,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 503r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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