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Codex Bodley: A Painted Chronicle from the Mixtec Highlands, Mexico
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Codex Bodley: A Painted Chronicle from the Mixtec Highlands, Mexico (Hardback)

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The Codex Bodley has long been recognized as one of the most important Mixtec manuscripts. Painted shortly before the Spanish Conquest of Mexico (1521), in the Mixtec region (state of Oaxaca), it is an excellent example of native Mixtec pictorial historiography in all its complexity. Because of its detailed information on genealogical relationships and dated events, it is a fundamental source for the study of precolonial Mixtec writing and history, from approximately 900 AD till the Spanish conquest (1521).

For the first time, the entire manuscript is reproduced in a handy, single volume format. The commentary, based on many years of research on this manuscript and related documents, both in archives and in the Mixtec region itself, makes it possible to read the figurative paintings as a narrative text. Beginning with the history of the manuscript the author then discusses the main characteristics of Mixtec pictography before turning to the narrative of the manuscript, in a page-by-page explanatory reading of the pictograms and their significance. Highly illustrated, this is an essential text for all readers with an interest in pre-colonial Mexican history, art, and culture.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesArt styles not defined by dateHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: The Bodleian Library Publication Date: 01/09/2005 ISBN-13: 9781851240951  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Maarten Jansen is Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology and History in the University of Leiden. Gabina Aurora Perez Jimenez is Research assistant and teacher of Mixtec at the University of Leiden.

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