Olin (MH504v)

Olin (MH504v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the personal name Olin ("Movement" or "Earthquake," attested here as a man's name) shows a symbol with a round black center and two "wings" that each have three black half-circles in a vertical position.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Olin was a day name in the 260-day divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli in Nahuatl. This calendar had a role in various Mesoamerican religions, including the Mixtec.

The black center may be a rubber ball (olli), serving as a phonetic complement. The olin glyph in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco is drawn differently by almost every tlacuilo who submitted census information (with its huge variety of personal name glyphs, occupational glyphs, and some place glyphs). See below for the rendition of olin in the Codex Mendoza and some of the MH variations.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio 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, earthquakes, terremotos, temblores

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: 

El Movimiento, o El Temblor

Image Source: 
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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