Chicome Acatl (TR29r)

Chicome Acatl (TR29r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful simplex glyph with added notation, Chicome Acatl (Seven Reed, or 7-Reed) shows a reed with leaves and feathers that is contained within a turquoise (xihuitl, for year) color box and 5 + 2 small circles representing ones, for a total of 7. The ones include five horizontal circles across the top and two more going down and inside the right side of the box. The reed and the ones are all painted turquoise, but the background is red.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The way the ones are presented is like a mathematical equation. The boxing is typical of a date, and the color turquoise says this is a year date in the calendar called the xiuhpohualli. Calendrics were an important element in the Nahuas' religious view of the cosmos. As the gloss indicates, this particular 7-Reed year was 1395 in the Western calendar.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


reeds, cañas, fechas, años, plantas, plumas, calendarios, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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

Siete-Caña, o 7-Caña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 29 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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