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MS. Arch. Selden. A. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 3135

Codex Selden

Códice Selden

Codex Añute

Códice Añute

Codex Selden (Codex Añute): Mixtec pictorial manuscript ( ñee ñuhu )


History of the dynasty that ruled Añute

Genealogies and history of the rulers of Añute (Magdalena Jaltepec), in the Valley of Atoco (Nochixtlan), in Ñuu Dzaui Ñuhu, the Mixteca Alta. The last ruler portrayed is Iya Sicuañe (Lord 10 Grass), concluding in the year 11 Flint (which corresponds to 1556).

Language(s): Mixtec pictograms

Physical Description

Form: screenfold
Support: deerskin
Extent: 20 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 275 × 275 mm.
Foliation: Modern foliation, 1–20.


Coloured pictures.


Origin: 1556 × 1560s ; Mexico

Provenance and Acquisition

John Selden, 1584–1654

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1659

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova, Matthew Holford, and Andrew Dunning, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (21 images from 35mm slides)


Alfonso Caso, Interpretación del Códice Selden / Interpretation of the Codex Selden (Mexico City: Sociedad Mexicana de Antropología, 1964)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-02-12: Andrew Dunning updated description.