Shown in over 100 illustrations: the Incas' rituals, customs, and buildings in bright images

Codex Murua

Peru — 1580–1600

Codex Murua

Codex Murua

Peru — 1580–1600

  1. One of the most fascinating testimonies to Incan culture in Peru is also known as the Galvin Manuscript

  2. A collaboration between Fray Martín de Murúa and Felipe Guaman Pomo de Ayala, an indigenous Inca

  3. 100+ gaily colored watercolors illustrate the history of the Incas, their rituals, customs, and buildings

Codex Murua

Alternative Titles:
  • Códice Murúa
  • The Galvin Manuscript
  • Loyola Murúa
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The famous Codex Murua, also known as the Galvin Manuscript, is one of the most fascinating attestations of Incan culture in Peru. Synthesized at the end of the 16th century, the manuscript also contains other older elements. It is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Spanish missionary Fray Martín de Murúa and Felipe Guaman Pomo de Ayala, an indigenous Inca. Today, the significant manuscript grants a glimpse into the history of the Incas, their forgotten rituals, customs, and the building of their empire, and in doing so, brings history to life!

Codex Murua

The famous Codex Murua, also known as the Galvin Manuscript, is one of the most fascinating attestations of Incan culture in Peru. Synthesized at the end of the 16th century, the manuscript also contains other older elements. It is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Spanish missionary Fray Martín de Murúa and Felipe Guaman Pomo de Ayala, an indigenous Inca. Today, the significant manuscript grants a glimpse into the history of the Incas, their forgotten rituals, customs, and the building of their empire, and in doing so, brings history to life!

Kings, Personal Hygiene, and Culture

An Incan chief with a splendid headdress sits across from an evidently European man dressed in black. They are immersed in conversation with one another. An Incan woman is cared for and served by three other women: one in the middle combs the woman’s black hair, one holds a sunshade above her head, and another hands them such mysterious objects, presumably for skin- and hair-care. Such thrilling depictions illustrate the famous Codex Murua, a late–16th century manuscript from Peru, which is researched today by archeologists and ethnographers in the British Museum in London. The codex is also named the Galvin Manuscript because of its repository in the private collection of Sean Galvin in Dublin.

An Inca and a Missionary

Fray Martín de Murúa (ca. 1525/40–1618) was a Spanish priest and missionary in Central and South America, but primarily in the Viceroyalty of Peru. He is known as the chronicler of the downfall of the Incan Empire. He recorded this in his famous Historia y Genealogía de los Reyes Incas del Perú, de sus hechos, costumbres, trajes y manera de Gobierno, which he composed with Felipe Guamam Poma de Ayala, an indigenous Incan. In this way, the codex is the witness to a fruitful collaboration between a European and an indigenous author. Precious information about the culture of the pre-colonial Incas, their origin and history, their rituals and customs, has been assembled together with a description of the landscape and the cities of the Incan Empire on the Peruvian manuscript’s 270 pages.

Delightful Illustrations

Alongside the text, the manuscript contains over 100 gaily colored watercolors. These colorful illustrations allow the recorded information to come alive before the eyes of the beholder. In addition to an Incan king, there is also a depiction of the initial encounter between the indigenous peoples and the colonists, in addition to exciting maps and plans of the Incan road network in the Andes. With the help of this codex, the Incans were able to convey the life of their people to the conquistadors. Nonetheless, the depictions, some of which are hard to decipher, still hold some secrets to this day…

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Códice Murúa
The Galvin Manuscript
Loyola Murúa
Size / Format
270 pages / 30.8 x 22.2 cm
Origin
Peru
Date
1580–1600
Language
Artist / School
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Murua“

Códice Murúa
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
Codex Murua – Private collection Sean Galvin (Dublin, Ireland)
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Códice Murúa

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Testimonio Compañía Editorial – Madrid, 2004
Limited Edition
980 copies
Binding
Vellum with leather ties after the original
Commentary
1 volume (278 pages) by Juan Ossio
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.
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