acatl (MH607r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element acatl has been extracted from the compound Macuilaca (see below). It is a vertical reed or cane with three segments.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name from which this element has been extracted is a name from the 260-day divinatory calendar, the tonalpohualli. Acatl was considered a propitious day name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

plantas, cañas, nombres de días

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

la caña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 607r, 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).