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Humboldt Fragment 1 (facsimile) / Codex Humboldt (facsimile) / Codex Berlin (facsimile) / SSPK MS Amer. 2 (facsimile)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am2006,Drg.221

  • Title (object)

    • Humboldt Fragment 1 (facsimile)
    • Codex Humboldt (facsimile)
    • Codex Berlin (facsimile)
    • SSPK MS Amer. 2 (facsimile)
  • Description

    Codex; tracings of Humboldt Fragment 1, comprising of 15 leaves; also known as Codex Humboldt, Codex Berlin and SSPK MS Amer. 2. An Aztec pictorial manuscript, records the tribute in gold, cloth and other items for a nineteen year period; includes drawings of Indian rulers and place glyphs.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

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

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.5 centimetres
    • Width: 405.5 centimetres (screenfold)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        This MSS is called a calendar, but it appears to me to be a Fragment only and not a complete one. My observation is also that it has the most sure[?] appearance of a rent[?] or inbrit [?] of old as it is opened in the MSS explained by Thevety that certain tribes. when conquered were obliged to pay annual or monthly tribute to the conquers we are also …ited[?] by the same that these yellow figures indicates baykety[?] Coxey and Fimbry and the tributes were generally in good and Eatibley[?] there are also indications by figures of some of their Chiefs being dead and followed by some changes on the progress and quantity of their tributary work if opened to dacf…[?] that after the death of there[?] perponagos[?] there were a change amongst theroplu[?] of it if with all wanting[?]
      • Inscription Comment

        written in ink by A. Aglio, some text not clear.
  • Curator's comments

    The tracings were commissioned by Lord Kingsborough and made by Aglio in the years 1825-31. They are published in vol 2 of Kingsborough's nine volume work on Mexico.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.221

  • Additional IDs

    • Add Ms 8882
Tracings of Humboldt Fragment 1, also known as Codex Humboldt, Codex Berlin and SSPK MS Amer. 2. An Aztec pictorial manuscript, records the tribute in gold, cloth and other items for a nineteen year period; includes drawings of Indian rulers and place glyphs. P1

Tracings of Humboldt Fragment 1, also known as Codex Humboldt, Codex Berlin and SSPK MS Amer. 2. An Aztec pictorial manuscript, records the tribute in gold, cloth and other items for a nineteen year period; includes drawings of Indian rulers and place glyphs. P1

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