octli (Mdz65r)

octli (Mdz65r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph shows a container (called a xicalli, although this does not play a phonetic role here) full of a mildly alcoholic beverage called octli. The container has a trapezoidal shape with a significant symbol on the side and foam or bubbles shown above the rim of the bowl. The bowl is a light terracotta color.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The foam on beverages was highly prized as a rule, whether speaking of pulque, chocolate, or other beverages. The symbol on the side of the bowl is a yacametztli, crescent moon ornament for the nose. Pulque bowls typically bore this symbol (see below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

by 1553 at the latest

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

beverages, bebidas, noses, narices, ornaments, ornamentos

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

oc(tli), pulque, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/octli
yacametz(tli), a crescent-shaped nose ornament, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/octli

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).