The Early Modern World, C. 1300–1600

Art in the New World

What is the Codex Zouche-Nuttall?

The Codex Zouche-Nutall (c. 1350–1400) is a folded pictographic manuscript from the Post-Classic Mixtec culture in Mexico, one of the few to survive. The ten-inch high manuscript, made of deerskin, contains about forty-six folded pages and when stretched out reachers over thirty-six feet. Each side of the folded codex contains a different story, one telling the history of the Mixtec region, and the other explaining the genealogy and political successes of Eight Deer Jaguar-Claw, a powerful eleventh-century Mixtec ruler. The Codex Zouche-Nuttall is the oldest Mixtec history known by scholars.


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