tlalolin (TR42r)

tlalolin (TR42r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph represents a sentence, "The earth quaked," which would involve the verb (tlalolini) in the past tense. The two principal elements are a rectangle representing land (tlalli) and, hovering above and in front of the tlalli sign, the sign for movement or earthquake (olin). Tlalli can mean not just land, but also the Earth. In this tlalli sign there are four strips seemingly under cultivation (dotted), and they alternate in color between terracotta and dark brown. The olin sign is an X shape with outer lobes and an interior stellar eye.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Another olin sign in this collection has a rectangular, dotted sign behind it, and that one, too, may refer specifically to the type of movement that is an earthquake, as this one does. More often, the olin sign is not visually "grounded," we might say. The shape of the olin sign will vary greatly, sometimes with lobes and sometimes with rings outside the X shape. The center can be simply a circle, and sometimes a stellar eye. The Matrícula de Huexotzinco someimes includes a rubber ball (olli) at the center, providing a phonetic complement to the olin. In this manuscript (Telleriano-Remensis) and in the Codex Mendoza, the colors of olin will vary widely. One TR olin has a vertical huitztli axis in the middle of the X.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

tembló la tierra

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

earthquakes, quakes, temblores, terremotos

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

la tierra tembló

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. We have taken this detail shot from the indicated folio.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).

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