huixachin (TR28r)

huixachin (TR28r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element of a tropical tree of the acacia or mimosa family is called the huixachin.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Other glyphs for this huixachin tree, unlike this one, show a great many thorns on the trunk. The presence of so many and such notable spines supports the reading that the Nahuatl root is huitztli (spine, thorn, spike), in combination with achin, "a lot of, many." Gordon Whittaker (Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs, 2021, 99) suggests this interpretation. The leaves of the huixachin had a role in the Aztec recipe for black ink. (See: Manuel Orozco y Berra, La civilización azteca, 1988, 125.) Follow this link to see a photo of a "huizache" tree, with its yellow flowers and seed pods.

Added Analysis, 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


trees, árboles

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

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 28 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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