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The Dresden Codex

Dresden codex, page 2

Dresden codex, page 2

The Dresden Codex, also known as the Codex Dresdensis, is a pre-Columbian Maya book of the eleventh or twelfth century of the Yucatecan Maya in Chichen Itze. The Maya codex is believed to be a copy of an original text of some three or four hundred years earlier. It is the oldest book written in the Americas known to historians. The Dresden codex is generally considered the most important of the few that survive. The Book is kept in the museum of the Saxon State and University Library in Dresden. The manuscript was acquired in Vienna from an unknown person in 1739 by chief librarian of the Dresden library Kurfürstliches IK Getse.

The Dresden Codex

The Dresden Codex, page 9

The manuscript dating from 1200-1250, consists of 39 pages, which are the inscriptions on both sides. Sheets of paper made ​​from the bark of Ficus have a size of about 20.5 to 10 cm, and were glued together as Leporello. Length when unfolded was approximately 3.5 m Currently manuscript exhibited in the museum in the form of two parts – the sheets of 20 and 19 pages. Dresden Codex – the only Mayan manuscripts available to visitors for free viewing.

Eclipse Tables duo right side

Eclipse Tables duo right side

Eclipse Tables duo

The Dresden Codex. Eclipse Tables duo

Eclipse Tables left side

Eclipse Tables left side

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (left)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (left)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (right)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (right)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (left)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (left)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (right)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo (right)

Food offerings to the Rain God duo

Food offerings to the Rain God duo

Food offerings to the Rain God duo

Food offerings to the Rain God duo

Pictograph from Gates edition of Dresden Codex (1932)

Pictograph from Gates edition of Dresden Codex (1932)

Rituals at the beginning of the New Year duo

Rituals at the beginning of the New Year duo

The Moon Goddess; illness and birth duo

The Moon Goddess; illness and birth duo

Dresden Codex, one of the pages

The Dresden Codex, one of the pages

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