Codex Mendoza

Mexico City (Mexico) — ca. 1541

Codex Mendoza

Codex Mendoza

Alternative Titles:
  • Codex Mendocino
  • La colección Mendoza
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Short Description

This Aztec manuscript, known as the Codex Mendoza, is a history of the Aztecs’ rulers, their conquests, and the tributes paid to them as well as containing precious descriptions of daily life in pre-conquest Aztec society. It was created ca. 1541 and is named after the man who commissioned it: Don Antonio de Mendoza, the viceroy of New Spain and a leading patron of native artists. The Spanish crown wanted a report on the political and tributary system of the Aztecs and Mendoza, mindful of the artifacts and traditions that were destroyed in the conquest, assembled a team of indigenous artists to work under the supervision of Spanish priests. They wrote the document with traditional Aztec pictograms in the Nahuatl language with a translation and commentary in Spanish. It was created using Spanish paper and the manuscript was bound in the style of a European book. The Codex Mendoza is a precious source on the art, history, government, and culture of the Aztec people.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Codex Mendocino
La colección Mendoza
Date
ca. 1541
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2 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Mendoza“

Códice Mendocino Facsimile

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Códice Mendocino Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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1 volume
Language: Spanish
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.

The Codex Mendoza Facsimile

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The Codex Mendoza Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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1 volume by Frances Berdan and Patricia Anawalt Rieff
Languages: English, Spanish
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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