Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dresden Codex (Yucatan, circa 1250 bC)

The codex was written by eight different scribes, each with their own distinctive style, type of glyphs and subject matter. It is linked to the Yucatecan Maya in Chichén Itzá, the extraordinary ancient Mayan city situated in the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. It was made between A.D. 1200-1250, and was still possibly in use when the conquistadors arrived. The order of text and illustration looks surprisingly contemporary.

the codex is made amatl paper ("kopó", fig-bark that has been flattened and covered with a lime paste), doubled in folds in an accordion-like form (sometimes called leporello) of folding-screen texts. the paper is coated with fine stucco or gesso and is eight inches high by eleven feet long. this is probably the order:

it's a calendar. it reflects the lunar series. total? 260 days.

do you need to translate the glyphs? look here.