cocolli (Mdz37r)

cocolli (Mdz37r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the place name Cocollan doubles as the glyph for cocolli (quarrel, dispute, anger). It is a dark gray cloud with a swirling effect (see coltic, which serves as a phonetic complement here). It includes black lines inside the cloud and a scalloped edge on the outer circle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

We count this glyph as relating to emotions, which are a challenge to express graphically, regardless of the culture. The swirling dark cloud could suggest dust (teuhtli) rising during a skirmish, or smoke (poctli) from a fire set to a building during a conflict, or a cluster of speech scrolls suggesting a heated argument. There are not many glyphs that convey emotion. Other examples are the glyphs for pleasure (ahuiliztli and the glyph showing a widow or abandoned woman (cahualli). (See below, right.)

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 37 recto,, image 84 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)