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Artist's Reproduction of the Madrid Codex

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0818-sc

An artist's reproduction of the Madrid Codex. Includes a sketchbook and 5 leaves of drawings.

Dates

  • undated

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Extent

1 folder (1 item ; 31 cm)

1 folio folder (5 items)

Overview

An artist's reproduction of the Madrid Codex. Includes a sketchbook and 5 leaves of drawings.

Historical Note

The Maya developed a sophisticated writing system many centuries before their first contact with Europeans in the sixteenth century. In what are now southeastern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and portions of Honduras and El Salvador, the Maya wrote using a system of hieroglyphs instead of an alphabet. They carved, sculpted, and painted texts in many places. They also made books that today are known as "codices." There probably were hundreds of codices at one time but most were destroyed during attempts to convert the Maya to Christianity. The Madrid Codex is one of only three or four surviving Maya codices. A Spanish priest or explorer likely sent or took it to Europe in the sixteenth century, but little is known of its early history. It first came to the attention of the world in the 1860s, when it was discovered in Spain.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cecil Reynolds.

General

Some of the drawings are in color.

General No finding aid - see Special Collections librarian for assistance.
Title
Guide to the Artist's Reproduction of the Madrid Codex
Status
No additional box or folder list for this small collection
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686