Olin (MH834v)

Olin (MH834v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Olin ("Movement" or "Earthquake") is attested here as a man's name. It shows two brackets around two very small circles. Each bracket has a spiky exterior consisting of four triangles.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Olin glyphs vary considerably, but they often have what appear to be brackets, something like a bird's eye view of a ball court that has rings where a ball would pass through. In fact, ball (olli) and movement (olin) have much in common, both orthographically and semantically. Olin glyphs typically have just one ball in the middle, provided as a phonetic complement. Olin glyphs can also have what look like wings of a butterfly. Very occasionally, an olin glyph will look like a spinning top (possibly a European introduction). See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

mīn oli

Gloss Normalization: 

Martín Olin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


movement, movimiento, earthquakes, terremotos, temblores, nombres de hombres

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

El Movimiento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 834v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=743&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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