- Museum number
Object: Mapa de Santa Barbara Tamasolco
Object: Pintura de propriedades de descendientes de los Señores Tlaxcala
Codex; Dominated by representations of two churches, that of Santa Barbara (centre) and Santa Ana (right), the map drawn on bark paper, is a plan of lands, roadways and a water-course in the state of tlaxcala. Also shown are vegetation, including a large tree (centre), and four human figures, three grouped beneath the tree and the fourth in the lower left-hand section of the map. A number of place signs are drawn in native style (such as the frog, tamazolin in Nahuatl, representing Tamasolco). An extensive in romanised Nahuatl mentions the scribes who composed the titles to these lands, the conquistador, Diego Muñoz and Antonio de Mendoza, the first Spanish Viceroy. A partially defaced date is given, probably 1576. The names of the landowners are inscribed within the rectangular plots that surround the two churches and suggest that the map was prepared in connection with a land claim.
- Production date
Height: 50 centimetres
Width: 77 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Berger, the document mentions several scribes involved in preparing the map, and the name of Mateo Quauhtli is recorded several times.
Further details of alternative map name: Pintura de propriedades de descendientes de los Señores Tlaxcala (Guzman 1939; Gibson 1952).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009-2010, 24th Sept-24th Jan, London, BM, Round Reading Room, 'Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler'
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2010-2011, 15 Sep-17 Jan, London, BM, Room 91, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2011-2012, 6 Oct-19 Feb, London, The British Museum, 'Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman', exhibition and loan
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Manuscript to the Department of Ceramics and Ethnography.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add Ms 22070 C