cacaxtli (TR41v)

cacaxtli (TR41v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful example of iconography shows a carrying frame, which we are identifying as a cacaxtli, based on other examples. It is upright, something like a ladder with four steps. A woven tumpline hangs down, tied to the second rung from the bottom. What appears to be a rolled petate with a red tie at the top seems to be attached to the frame.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Note the cacaxtli glyphs below, as well as the huacalli and the ecahuaztli (ladder) as points for comparison. The iconographic example of the verb tlamama (to carry something) shows a man carrying something using what may be a cacaxtli frame on his back. The tumpline runs across his forehead.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


madera, transporte, transportador, estructura para llevar cosas en la espalda, cacax

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

escalerillas de tablas para llevar algo acuestas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Alonso de Molina

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 41 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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