Olin (MH499r)

Olin (MH499r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Olin (here, attested as a man's name) is the sign for movement (olin). It is shaped like a large X with a circle in the middle. On the right and left, thick black curving lines connect the legs of the X. Inside those curving, thick lines--in the white space they create--are additional black marks.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This sign, a day name in the 260-day calendar called the tonalpohualli, is meant to convey movement visually, as it draws the eye back and forth. The style of this sign varies considerably from tlacuilo to tlacuilo across this collection, sometimes combining with olli, rubber, but such is not obvious in this case. A few examples appear below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Olin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


movement, movimiento

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

ol(in), movement or earthquake, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/olin

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Movimiento, o Temblor

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 499r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=77&st=image

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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