- Museum number
Object: Codex Dresden
Object: Codex Dresdensis
Codex; tracings of Codex Dresden, also known as Codex Dresdensis, a preconquest pictorial manuscript; ritual-calendrical. Lowland Maya region, South eastern Mexico and Guatemala, comprising of 74 leaves.
- Production date
1500 (circa - original)
Height: 20.80 centimetres (screenfold 1-45)
Height: 20.80 centimetres (screenfold 46-75)
Width: 391.50 centimetres (screenfold 1-45)
Width: 274.70 centimetres (screenfold 46-75)
- Curator's comments
The tracings were commissioned by Lord Kingsborough and made by Aglio in the years 1825-31. They are published in vol 3 of Kingsborough's nine volume work on Mexico.
The tracings are in two pieces, screenfolds 1-45 measure 20.8cm height X 391.5cm width and screenfolds 46-75 measure 20.8cm height X 274.7cm width
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
- paper a little creased throughout due the handling and age
- Acquisition notes
- Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add Ms 8882