tlaolli (Mdz36r)

tlaolli (Mdz36r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example is provided here as a comparison for glyphs that may contain maize kernels (tlaolli). These four are drawn in black ink and left uncolored, natural, possibly representing white corn, which is prevalent in Mexico. What is probably the germ of the seed is singled out at the bottom of each kernel, and this serves as a distinguishing feature. These kernels were included in the Codex Mendoza as a tribute item.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 36 recto,, image 82 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)