- Museum number
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.
- Production date
1500 (circa - original)
Height: 28.70 centimetres
Width: 32 centimetres
- 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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 22 Nov-25 May, Berlin, Deutsches Historiches Museum, Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt
- Acquisition notes
- Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add Ms 8882