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Codex Aubin / Códice Aubin 1576 / Códice de 1576 / Historia de la nación mexicana / Histoire mexicaine

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Codex Aubin
    • Códice Aubin 1576
    • Códice de 1576
    • Historia de la nación mexicana
    • Histoire mexicaine
  • Description

    Codex consisting of eighty-one leaves of European paper bound in red leather and guarded out. A painted pictorial history of the Mexican people, together with printed text in Nahuatl of the Aztecs, recording the names of the Indian tribes who travelled together and the leaders of the Aztecs, with their departure from Aztlán and the dynastic history of Tenochtitlan and colonial events.


  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1576
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.5 centimetres
    • Width: 13.4 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Further details of other names: Historia de la nación mexicana (Boturini) and Histoire mexicaine (Aubin).

  • Bibliography

    • Matos Moctezuma 2002 354 bibliographic details
    • McEwan 2009a Cat. 82 bibliographic details
    • McEwan 2009 p. 10-11 bibliographic details
    • Berger 1998 pp.13-15 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2002, London, Royal Academy, Aztecs
    2003, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Aztecs

  • Condition


  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the former British Museum Library, Department of Manuscript to the Department of Ceramics and Ethnography 20th October 1926.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Add Ms 31219


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