Michhuacan (TR25v)

Michhuacan (TR25v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Michhuacan (Michoacán today) includes a fish (michin) on top of a mountain or hill that provides a stand-in for the -can locative suffix. The fish is horizontal and shown in profile view, facing toward the viewer's right. Its scales and fins are drawn in fine detail. Its visible eye is open, and its mouth is open slightly, too. This hill or mountain is bell-shaped and entirely green except for the white horizontal line toward the base. The slopes have curling, rocky outcroppings.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There is a reason Michoacán bears this name, given the historical strength of its lakes for fishing.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


fish, peces, pescado

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 25 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f76.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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