ocuilin (Mdz34r)

ocuilin (Mdz34r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph of a worm (ocuilin) is facing to our right, its body in the shape of an S. Its eye is yellow and its yellow tongue is protruding and bifurcated. It has two white fangs. Its lips are curled, the upper lip being much larger than the lower. Its body is sculpted or segmented .The center of the worm is a dark green, and the outer edges are a lighter green.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This worm or caterpillar may be a silkworm. See Wikipedia for images of wild silk worms, which are green and segmented. Silk production was significant in early Mexico, and can still be found as a cottage industry in the Mixteca, state of Oaxaca. Here's a link to an image of a silkworm that shows a face and legs of a sort.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


worms, gusanos, caterpillars, orugas

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

el gusano de seda, la oruga

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 34 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 78 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)