Of priceless historical value: detailed depictions of the exotic gods of the Aztec empire

Codex Laud

Mexico - Middle America

Codex Laud

Codex Laud

Mexico - Middle America

  1. This Pre-Columbian manuscript is priceless due to its cultural-historical and anthropological value

  2. The manuscript is named after a previous owner, the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud (d. 1645)

  3. All the most important gods of the Aztec-Toltec pantheon are depicted in detail

Codex Laud

Codex Laud – Ms. Laud Misc. 678 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
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Short Description

The Codex Laud is a fantastic testimony to the religion of the ancient Aztecs and depicts their pantheon of gods. It is one of only a handful of such texts and as such is priceless for its cultural-historical and anthropological value.

Codex Laud

The Codex Laud is named after its last owner, the archbishop of Canterbury; Willian Laud (died 1645). Undoubtedly, it can be classified as a pre-Columbian manuscript with all the featured gods belonging to the Aztec-Toltec Pantheon. In format, page number, coloring and style, the Codex Laud is similar to 2 other illuminated manuscripts; the Codex Fejervary-Mayer and the Codex Cospi. The only other is the Codex Borgia, however it is twice the size. A connection between these codices and Mixtecan codices should however, not be drawn due to the fact that the gods represented in the aforementioned codices are not Mixtecan.

Codicology

Size / Format
48 pages / 16.5 x 15.5 cm
Previous Owners

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Laud“

Codex Laud
Codex Laud – Ms. Laud Misc. 678 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
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Codex Laud

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1966
Binding
Encased in box with leather spine.
Commentary
1 volume (42 pages) by C. A. Burland
Language: German

C. A. Burland, London, 42 pp. text, 4 plates on art print paper, 1 table.
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