olli (Mdz20r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for olin (rubber, rubber ball) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Olac. It is a round black ball.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Unlike some of the glyphs, this ball does not have a white rim around it. Also, some glyphs for olin refer to movement, such as we see below right, in the shape of an X and painted red and yellow. Another thing to watch for is the way etl (beans) can look like the black rubber ball. See Chietlan (below, right), for an example.

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


olli, ollin, oli, rubber, balls, hule, pelotas

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 20 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 50 of 188.

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).