Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1

Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1 – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Cod. Vindob. mex. 1 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)

Mexico — 15th and early 16th century

One of the most beautifully decorated Mixtec manuscripts still preserved today: the mythological and historical events of a lost world recorded on a nearly 14-meter-long liporello

  1. A pre-Columbian masterpiece with a total length of 13.5 meters

  2. In addition to a ritual calendar, a family tree of the Mixtec dynasty with dated events included

  3. A description of the deities worshiped there is also included

Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1

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Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1

The life and culture of Mexico's indigenous population before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors under Hernán Cortés were more diverse and differentiated than one might think. Thus, in addition to the high culture of the Aztecs, there were many other independent cultures, such as the empire of the Mixtecs. Their territory was located between today's Mexico City and the state of Oaxaca, about 460 km southeast of Mexico City. Their artistry is evidenced not only by the ceramic products that were already sought after by neighboring peoples at the time, but also by this pre-Columbian masterpiece with a total length of an impressive 13.5 meters. It is one of the most beautiful and detailed Mixtec manuscripts, which not only depicts the worship of the gods and mythological events, but also provides information about historical Mixtec rulers and important priests in lists and family trees.

Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1

One of the most beautiful and most highly detailed Mixtec manuscripts with an undisputed historical documentation has been in the possession of the Austrian National Library in Vienna (formerly k.k. Hofmuseum) since the year 1677: Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1. Contained on 52 folding pages are colorful pictograms which depict not only mythological events but moreover an entire historical background of information. In the formal structure as well as in stylistic and content aspects, the front and back section of the manuscript clearly differ from one another. The front section contains boustrophedonic vertical columns strung together pictograms which are precisely designed. With regard to content, genealogical and mythological themes (i.e. the birth of the Gods in mythological antiquity) are presented. The content of the horizontally structured back section of the manuscript deals with the description of historical facts (family tree of the Mixtecan dynasty with a dated citation). Altogether, it offers a fascinating look into the religious beliefs, historical circumstances, ritual conventions, and usages of an ancient Indian culture.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codex Yuta Tnoho
Size / Format
65 pages / 26.5 × 22.0 cm (total length: 13.5 metres)
Origin
Mexico
Date
15th and early 16th century
Epochs

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1 – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Cod. Vindob. mex. 1 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1974
Facsimile Editions

#1 Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus 1

Binding: Leporello folding. Together with commentary in half leather case.
Commentary: 1 volume (44 pages) by Otto Adelhofer
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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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