Artist's Reproduction of the Madrid Codex
An artist's reproduction of the Madrid Codex. Includes a sketchbook and 5 leaves of drawings.
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1 folder (1 item ; 31 cm)
1 folio folder (5 items)
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.
Some of the drawings are in color.
- Guide to the Artist's Reproduction of the Madrid Codex
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