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Scope/Content: Mexican Indian picture-writing, in color, depicting the conquest and migration northward from the Guatemalan area of a tribe of Mixtecan-Zapotecan linguistic stock, which finally settled in the area of Oaxaca. One of the oldest surviving documents of Indian America. Biography/History: Title supplied by cataloger.
Native pigments on fiber paper (possibly amatl) forming a two-sided scroll.
Origin: Created in Mexico in the 16th century. See Acuña, R. Códice Fernández Leal, p. 13. Earlier scholarship had dated it to the 14th-15th centuries.
The original artifact is approximately 16 feet long. Prior to its acquisition by The Bancroft Library, it was divided into two sections which were then mounted back to back on a strip of linen.
Manuscripts -- Mexico -- 16th century
circa 8 linear feet
BANC MSS M-M 1884:1
Picture-writing, Indian -- 16th century -- Specimens Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- Writing -- 16th century -- Specimens