Codex Egerton 2895 (Codex Waecker Götter)

Egerton 2895 - British Museum (London, United Kingdom)

Alternate Titles:

Codex Waecker Götter

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Alternate Titles

Codex Waecker Götter

Extent / Format

64 pages / 27.0 x 21.0 cm (total length: 4.42 m)

First half of the 16th century

Short description

The Codex Egerton is a unique witness to the emerging hybrid culture of the Spanish colonies in the "New World". This is also represented in the form of the manuscript itself with blends Native American and European traditions with respect to decoration, or e.g. with the design and concept of geneologies, which are traced through the female lines here.

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The unique position that the Codex Egerton has amongst the genre of Mixtecan manuscripts lies in it‘s verifiable date of origin. During the first half of the 16th century as the Conquistadors were conquering the Central American regions in the name of the Spanish throne, two “high” cultures clashed, and it is out of this time period that the Codex Egerton emerges. Within the codex two vastly different traditions, indigenous American and European, find themselves merging together to form a new, unique culture. The content predominantly deals with local traditions presented through the historiography, giving a description of the genealogies where the structural emphasis is placed on the female lineage. There is a strong European influence in the style of the pictures visible through the use of enlarged figures arranged in an unstructured way and which represent a signifigant departure from the normally formal concentration found in pre-Columbian handwriting.

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