acatl (TR14v)

acatl (TR14v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for a reed (acatl) is part of a date, Ce Acatl, which had the addition of the notation for one. The golden reed appears here with some of the stylistics of the top of an arrow (an arrow that would have been made from the reed). The reed that typically appears as part of a date has this arrow-like design, with the white down feather and a wing feather above it. Feathers serve as fletching for the arrow. This wing feather is purple. The reed sits in a U-shaped container, perhaps an apantli, which is found in many such reed signs. Less typical are the multiple colors that have been given to the leaves of the reed--green, red, golden, and turquoise blue.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

reeds, canes, cañas, carrizos, fechas, flechas

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

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 14 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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