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MS. Mex. d. 1

Summary Catalogue no.: 2858


‘Codex Bodley’ or ‘Codex Ñuu Tnoo - Ndisi Nuu’: Mexican pictorial screenfold manuscript

The obverse describes the history of Black Town or Tilantongo (Ñuu Tnoo) in the Mixteca Alta (Oaxaca, Mexico). The reverse focusses on the dynastic history of Tlaxiaco (Ndisi Nuu) and Achiutla.

Language(s): Mixtec pictograms

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: deerskin


Coloured pictures.


Origin: 16th century (precolonial; probably shortly before 1521) ; Mexico, Tilantongo (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Listed in the Bodleian library catalogue probably drawn up in 1603-4 (Summary Catalogue I.90).

Record Sources

Summary description based on M. Jansen and G. A. Perez Jimenez, Codex Bodley: A Painted Chronicle from the Mixtec Highlands, Mexico (Bodleian Library, 2005). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.