Aztec Codices - Venice High School

January 15, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: History, World History, Aztec
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Aztec Codices

Picture Writing We have found out a great deal about the Aztecs from studying painted manuscripts called codices. They were made up of a single sheet of paper, made from the bark of the wild fig tree or from animal parchment. The images could be painted on flat sheets which could be rolled up or on long strips which were folded like a screen. The Aztecs wrote in pictures. There were rules for drawing people. The proportions were not normal. The head and feet were shown from the side, while the body was shown from the front.

Codex Borbonicus

A scene from the Codex Borbonicus, which shows the gods Tlachitonátiuh and Xolotl, while on the right are the 8 to 13 days of the sixteenth series of the ritual series.

An excerpt from a scene depicting the 11th "week" of 13 days and nights ruled by the deity Patecatl, who was associated with pulque, a fermented maguey beverage.

Florentine Codex

Page I, F, 6r. Human sacrifice

Page I, S, F. Yacatecuhtli, god of the pochtecas

Page III, F, 3v Warfare

Page III, F, 3v, depicts the birth of Huitzilopochtli

Page VIII, F, 4f. Moctezuma II

Page III, F, 34r. Warfare

Page IX, S, F. Pochtecas

Page IX, F, 5v

Page IX, F, 6r. Pochtecas

Page IX, F, 18v

Page X, F, 15r. Warfare

Page X, F, 25v.

Codex Mendoza

Spies and warriors

Founding Tenochtitlan



Raising children within the family

Priest performing ritual

Codex Borbonicus was written by the Aztecs prior to the arrival of the Spanish explorers.

Codex Florentino and Codex Mendoza were written by the Aztecs after the arrival of the Spanish explorers. Looking carefully at them, you will notice commentary written in Spanish by the Spanish priest who came on the expedition.

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