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Codex Vienna (facsimile) / Codex Vindobonensis (facsimile) / Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1 (facsimile)

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  • Title (object)

    • Codex Vienna (facsimile)
    • Codex Vindobonensis (facsimile)
    • Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1 (facsimile)
  • Description

    Codex; tracings of Codex Vienna comprising of 66 leaves; also known as Codex Vindobonensis and Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1, a Mexican pictorial manuscript; ritual-calendrical also contains mythological genealogies.

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  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500 (circa - original)
    • 1825-1831 (facsimile)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.6 centimetres (screenfold)
    • Width: 1316 centimetres (screenfold)
    • Height: 22.6 centimetres (screenfold)
    • Width: 567 centimetres (screenfold)
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Content

        Here ends the tracings and the following is on the back of it, it is also to be remembered that the two ends of this tracings are pasted to the pieces of wood as to make a cover, and the (parts?) attached to the wood appear to have been painted (Axib?) of (con..?) them are last there is a (longalarity?) on the reverse of this tracing that the stile of the pencilling of it appear to be different, and the colour sometimes more bright There round OO 88 and all imperfect and some appearance whole if had been done with a running hand. OOOOO = it is also a reverse to the other side, I mean to say that it is upside down and consequently this first following page is in the middle of the book and the last page apparently the first is the one just pasted to the board --- the whole is as correct Facsimile done by myself -
        A. Aglio Vienna 1st June 1886

        N.B. The whole run of this is something longer as at the (…?) (…?) lines. I have drawn up the paper but more space could be could be allowed and they make some apparent difference on the length. A. A
      • Inscription Comment

        Hand written page between end of Codex Vienna and other unnamed codex.
  • 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 1-49 measures 22.60cm height X 1316cm width and screenfolds 50-66, measures 22.60cm height X 567cm 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.


  • Bibliography

    • Kingsborough 1825-31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    there are several joins throughout the screenfolds with adhesive clearly visible

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • Add Ms 8882


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