Codex Vaticanus No. 3773


Codex Vaticanus No. 3773 (Codex Vaticanus B): An old Mexican pictorial manuscript in the Vatican Library

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Author  Eduard Seler
Publisher  [s.n.]
Publication Date   October 18, 2017
Pages  352


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...aus dein Kiiniglichen Museum fiir Viilkerkunde, vol. i. part 4 (Berlin 1S90), pp. 161 and 163. column of their Tonalamatl quarter (the third) have really to hold good, and that for the upper row of the five male deities the days of the fifth column of their (fourth) Tonalamatl quarter are determinant. In our manuscript the representations of this chapter are limited to the two rows, that of the Ciuateteo, and the upper row of the male deities. But in Codex Borgia at the beginning of each of these two rows is further seen a special compartment. These two initial fields are exhibited in a dark colour. The one before the row of the female deities in blue, that before the row of the male in grey filled in with black spots. In the field standing before the row of the Ciuateteo are seen two vessels which have their mouths facing each other, and are painted in the colours of the jewel (chalchiuitl), but are furnished with a face which on one of the vessels has the notes of a living face, on the other those of a skull. From the two vessels radiate four centipedes and four red coral-snakes. And below them with one is seen a centipede's head, with the other a wrap painted in the two colours of the Pulque Gods and decorated with their nasal crescent. In the middle between the two vessels is figured the hieroglyph chalchiuitl, 'green jewel,' and from it issues a naked female form, which is set off with death symbols--occipital shield (cuexcochtechimalli) and the broken flag pantoyaualli--and has a bandage on her eyes. In the field before the row of the male deities are similarly seen, with their mouths facing each other, two cooking-pots, and a long tubular bone by way of support for their round bottom. Here, too, red bloodsnakes or dragons radiate from both pots. And ...

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