acatl (Verg8v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element representing the calendrical day name, Acatl (reed) shows a reed plant with the trappings of an arrow in the foreground, including the top part of the shaft, plus a wing feather and a down feather. This arrow also is rooted in a horizontal foundation, much like the mamalhuaztli (wooden piece that was drilled for the New Fire ceremony every 52 years). This foundation has short, vertical lines, perhaps suggesting that it is a rounded piece of wood, and therefore three-dimensional.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

near Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


reeds, cañas, plumas, feathers, flechas, días, calendarios, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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