- Museum number
Object: Humboldt Fragment 1 (facsimile)
Object: Codex Humboldt (facsimile)
Object: Codex Berlin (facsimile)
Object: SSPK MS Amer. 2 (facsimile)
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.
- Production date
1500 (circa - original)
Height: 22.50 centimetres
Width: 405.50 centimetres (screenfold)
- 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.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add Ms 8882