Furnished with an early Spanish commentary: the ceremonial clothing and rituals of Mexico's indigenous people

Codex Magliabechiano

Mexico — Mid 16th century

Codex Magliabechiano

Codex Magliabechiano

Mexico — Mid 16th century

  1. An important source on the ceremonial dress and rituals of the indigenous population of Mexico

  2. Patterns of ceremonial dress, alcoholic beverages, mountains, rain, and the gods of the dead are detailed

  3. A detailed Spanish commentary adds even more value to this mid-16th century document

Codex Magliabechiano

Codex Magliabechiano – Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence, Italy)
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Short Description

Documents from the early days of Spanish colonization not only provide valuable information about cultures that were quickly going extinct, but also about the perspective of the conquerors. The Codex Magliabechiano is just such a manuscript and is an important source on the ceremonial dress and rituals of the indigenous population of Mexico. It features elaborate illustrations with topics as diverse as coats, gods, and alcoholic drinks.

Codex Magliabechiano

The Codex Magliabechiano comes to us from the library of Antonio de Marco Magliabechi and is one of a number of post-Columbian Mexican illuminated manuscripts from around the middle of the 16th century. A calendar of religious knowledge is shown in the characteristic broken style of the early colonial age and is painted on European paper. The precious value of this manuscript comes from the inclusion of a detailed Spanish commentary. The patterns of ceremonial coats are illustrated and followed by a depiction of the 20 symbols of days and a calendar cycle of 52 years. Included in this are a series of monthly celebrations. Pulque (an alcoholic drink from the maguey plant) and the gods of the dead, mountains, and rain are all elaborately illustrated; as well as ritual celebrations of the dead and healing of the sick. Finally worth mentioning is the presentation of the four divinities whose costumes formed a part of a Mexican gift to Cortes in 1519.

Codicology

Size / Format
186 pages / 21.5 x 15.5 cm
Origin
Mexico
Date
Mid 16th century
Language
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Magliabechiano“

Codex Magliabechiano
Codex Magliabechiano – Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence, Italy)
Codex Magliabechiano – Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence, Italy)
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Codex Magliabechiano

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1970
Binding
Encased in box with leather spine.
Commentary
1 volume (78 pages) by F. Anders
Languages: English, German, Spanish

Introduction (in German), summaries (in English and Spanish): F. Anders, Vienna, 78 pp., 1 plate.
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Introduction (in German), summaries (in English and Spanish): F. Anders, Vienna, 78 pp., 1 plate.
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