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Fejérváry-Mayer (facsimile) / Códice Mayer (facsimile) / Codex de Pesth (facsimile)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Fejérváry-Mayer (facsimile)
    • Códice Mayer (facsimile)
    • Codex de Pesth (facsimile)
  • Description

    Codex; hand coloured screenfold of Codex Fejérváry-Mayer, also known as Códice Mayer and Codex de Pesth, comprising of 22 leaves drawn on both sides, plus front and back covers. It is an Aztec Codex of central Mexico and deals with ritual calendar, ceremonies, divination, and speculations on the gods and the universe.


  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1825-1831 (facsimile)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 390.5 centimetres (screenfold)
    • Width: 17 centimetres (screenfold)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Facsimile Codicuj Mexcana Fjervarya in Hungaria in Pesth. 9789 B.8.i
      • Inscription Comment

        written on front cover
  • Curator's comments

    The codex is named after Gabriel Fejérváry (1780–1851), a Hungarian collector, and Joseph Mayer (1803–1886), an English antiquarian who bought the codex from Fejérváry.In 2004 Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez proposed that it be given the indigenous name Codex Tezcatlipoca from the Nahuatl name of the god Tezcatlipoca.
    The codex is published in vol 3 of Kingsborough's nine volume work on Mexico.

    Temporary Register (1861-1921), p.96, annotated "Eth"[nography]. British and Medieval Dept. Donations Book. No Ethnography Dept. registration Slip.


  • Bibliography

    • Kingsborough 1825-31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    little worn throughout

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Add Mss 9789
    • Am2006-Drg242


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