Codex Bodley

A Painted Chronicle from the Mixtec Highlands, Mexico

Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez

Codex Bodley
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Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

96 pages | 50 color plates | 7_1/2 x 10_1/2
Cloth $39.99 ISBN: 9781851240951 Published December 2005 For sale in North America only
Painted shortly before the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1521, the Codex Bodley has been long recognized as one of the most important Mixtec manuscripts and a premier example of native Mixtec pictorial historiography in all its complexity. The complete manuscript of the Codex Bodley is offered here for the very first time in a single illustrated volume.

Codex Bodley explores the enormous wealth of information contained in the manuscript, which documents precolonial Mixtec genealogical relationships and historical events spanning from 900 AD to 1521. Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez provide insightful and expert commentary on the manuscript, explaining its history as they consider key characteristics of Mixtec pictography. They then provide an engaging and masterful interpretation of the manuscript's narrative, with a detailed explanatory reading of its pictograms and their significance. Accompanied by vivid and colorful illustrations, Codex Bodley is an invaluable text for scholars of precolonial Mexican history, art, and culture.
List of Illustrations
Rosetta Stones
Codex Mendoza
The Map of Chiyo Cahnu

Codex Bodley
How to read Book 1
How to read Book 2
The narrative of Codex Bodley
The sociopolitical system
List of the main identified places in Codex Bodley
The House of Ñuu Tnoo
The House of Ndisi Nuu

Further Reading
Book One
Book Two
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