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The Codex Nuttall
The only value-priced, full-color edition of the pre-Columbian Mexican (Mixtec) book. Features 88 color plates of kings, gods, heroes, temples, sacrifices, and more. New introduction.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1975 by Dover Publications
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Codex Nuttall is a facsimile book of the ancient Mixtec codex from around the 14th century with the same name. It covers the life of a ruler from the 12th century CE/AD by the name of "8 Deer Tiger Claw". The majority of it is simply this reproduced work without any translation. This leaves the viewer to simply gaze at the images - using repeated motifs of a man either kneeling or sitting, until the end where he is obviously deceased. It uses a lot of red, yellow, & black hues. It also featu ...more
A good but rather frustrating introduction to the first-published (1902 facsimile) and best-studied Mexican preconquest codex.. The facsimile is good quality, but is presented completely un-annotated. You need to read the introductory matter to make any sense of the thing. It's basically a genealogy of the kings of a small city-state in southern (Mixtec) Mexico in the 11th & 12th centuries, especially the exploits of the great hero-warrior Lord Eight Deer Jaguar Claw (1063 - 1115). The book ...more