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Humboldt Fragment 6 (facsimile)

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  • Title (object)

    • Humboldt Fragment 6 (facsimile)
  • Description

    Codex; tracings of Humboldt Fragment 6, a Mexican pictorial manuscript comprising of one sheet. Plan of buildings with native measurements, seven people are sitting on three outer sides of the plan, talking; there are several foot prints leading into and out of the area, several buildings are on the plan.On the top left of the plan is place glyph for Oxtoticpac and written on the plan is the name "Ciudad de Tetzcuco".


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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

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

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27.6 centimetres
    • Width: 21 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Ciudad de Tetzcuco
      • Inscription Comment

        written on the front of the drawing
  • Curator's comments

    The tracing was commissioned by Lord Kingsborough and made by Aglio between the years 1825-31.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.


  • Bibliography

    • Kingsborough 1825-31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Add Ms 8882


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