tlaolli (Mdz10v)

tlaolli (Mdz10v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph of maize kernels (tlaolli) in a basket doubles as the place name Tlaollan. The yellow basket is contextual; it is woven from reeds. The corn kernels are drawn in black ink and left uncolored, natural. What is probably the germ of the seed is singled out at the bottom of each kernel, which serves as a distinguishing feature, along with the shape of the kernels. These maize kernels are included in the Codex Mendoza as a tribute item.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 10 verso,, image 31 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)