Monday, December 13, 2010

3 pages from the Codex Tepetloaoztoc, Colonial, AD 1555-56, British Museum

Pre-Spanish codices were made from one long accordion folded strip of amatl paper. "The Codex is a colonial legal document dating to some 30 years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The text first establishes the pre-conquest founding of the town and its proud lineage of indigenous rulers. It then denounces the excessive tribute demands made by a series of Spanish encomenderos."  [From exhibit label]

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