Codex Selden

Añute (Jaltepec), Mixtec Highlands (Mexico) — Shortly after 1556

Codex Selden

Codex Selden

Alternative Titles:
  • Codex Añute
  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology
Short Description

The Codex Selden, also known as the Codex Añute, is a folded manuscript of Mixtec origin from pre-conquest Mexico. Although it was completed after the arrival of the conquistadors in the Mixtec region, it is considered to be one of the six pre-Hispanic Mixtec codices that survived the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The manuscript is a record spanning the years A.D. 783 to 1556 that traces the genealogies and history of the rulers of a place called “Cloud Belching Mountain”, identifiable as Añute in the Mixtec Alta, the modern Oaxaca region of Mexico. Although possibly a fragment of a much longer and improperly stored document, an accidental scratch in the 1950’s revealed that the manuscript might in fact be a palimpsest. In 2016, researchers used modern scanning technology to reveal that the original work, which was covered over with a layer of gypsum and chalk, is a history of the Mixtec culture with hitherto unknown details, making the Selden Codex a precious artifact concerning the history of southern Mexico.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Codex Añute
Date
Shortly after 1556
Epochs
Content
Genealogies and history from A.D. 783 to A.D. 1556 of the rulers of a place called 'Cloud Belching Mountain', identifiable as Añute (Jaltepec)
1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Selden“

Codex Selden 3135 (A. 2) Facsimile

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Codex Selden 3135 (A. 2) Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Commentary
1 volume by Alfonso Caso
Languages: English, Spanish
More Information
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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