- Museum number
- Object: Humboldt Fragment 8 (facsimile)
Codex; tracings of Humboldt Fragment 8, a Mexican pictorial manuscript comprising of one sheet. Illustrating plan of measured units of property drawn opposite heads of six Indians, four with names, also birds and plants. The tracing was done in what appear to be the outline of a map.
- Production date
1500 (circa - original)
Height: 34 centimetres
Width: 24.50 centimetres
- 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.
- 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