xalli (Mdz20r)

xalli (Mdz20r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for sand (xalli) has been carved from the compound place name Xaxalpan. The sand is shaped as a group of black dots in a half circle with the diameter running horizontally at the bottom of what would appear to be a mound.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Comparing this atomic to others, one can see (below, right) that the dots will fill various shapes. The Xaxal- start to the place name for which this particular sign for sand is a part includes a reduplication, a repeat of part of the -xal- element. Would this suggest a plural, sands?

Added 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: 
Shapes and Perspectives: 

sands, arenas

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