olli (Mdz55r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for rubber (olli) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Molanco. It involves two concentric circles, the inner one being colored black. It appears to be a cross-section of a ball that has a different type of latex, perhaps, as an exterior layer.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Not all rubber balls have the white rim.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


rubber, hule, balls, pelotas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 


Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la pelota de hule

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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).

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