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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am2006,Drg.222

  • Description

    Tracing of a large oval bas-relief sculpture, probably Aztec; seated figure with legs crossed, wearing elaborate head-dress; holding two spears with his right hand. Drawn on a single sheet.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500 (circa - original)
    • 1825-1831 (facsimile)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28.7 centimetres
    • Width: 32 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        Facsimile of a Bassorilievo prepared in the gallery of the antiques in palace of the library of Proflid [?] at Berlin it is of a transparent stone much like alabaster and of the colors
        here represented of the thickness of an inch 1/8 the volume if also flat of about 1/16 there is an appearance of some part of it had been colored it was not known by the Professor and Director of the cabinet what it means or what it say, but it is much effearned [?] ceased [?] they say taken away by the French and subsequently returned after the peace.
        Copied in Berlin Feby 22nd 1826 by me. A. Aglio
      • Inscription Comment

        Written on the front of the drawing in ink, some of the text are not clear.
  • Curator's comments

    The tracing was commissioned by Lord Kingsborough and made by Aglio in the years 1825-31. It is published in vol 2 of Kingsborough's nine volume work on Mexico.
    The actual bas-relief was probably collected by Humboldt.Quote from Lord Kingsborough “Antiquities of Mexico ...” vol. 8 page 231.

    It may be right to remark that the seven pages in the Codex Borgianus are painted in a horizontal position, exactly in the manner represented in the facsimile of that splendid painting, which , together with the other facsimile of the Mexican paintings preserved in the imperial Library of Vienna, in the Royal Library at Dresden, in the Library of the Institute at Bologna, and in the Vatican Library, we have deposited in the British Museum, that in after years they may attest the accuracy and care with which the lithographic plates contained in these volumes have been executed from the correct facsimiles of the original Mexican paintings. Facsimiles of the paintings preserved in the Bodleian Library Oxford have not been presented to the museum, because the originals existing in this country it was deemed unnecessary.

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  • Bibliography

    • Kingsborough 1825-31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am2006,Drg.222

  • Additional IDs

    • Add Ms 8882
Tracing of a large oval bas-relief sculpture, probably Aztec; seated figure with legs crossed, wearing elaborate head-dress; holding two spears with his right hand. Drawn on a single sheet.

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