Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
JCB Archive of Early American Images
Accession number:
30289
Record number:
30289-101
JCB call number:
Codex Ind 2
Image title:
El modo de baylar de los Mexicanos. 17a y última del primer tratado.
Place image published:
[Mexico]
Image date:
[ca. 1585]
Image function:
fold-out plate; leaf [119]
Technique:
painting
Image dimension height:
20.3 cm.
Image dimension width:
29.2 cm.
Page dimension height:
21 cm.
Page dimension width:
29.9 cm.
Materials medium:
watercolor
Materials support:
paper
Languages:
Spanish
Description:
Dance of native Americans or Mexicans. Two drummers at the center wear the feathered epaulette seen in the portraits of the two Moctezumas. To the right of the drummers are the high priest wearing a tilma with the sun and soldiers representing the jaguar and eagle military caste. Decorative elements include feathered ornaments.
Source creator:
Tovar, Juan de, ca. 1546-ca. 1626
Source Title:
Historia de la benida de los yndios apoblar a Mexico de las partes remotas de Occidente los sucessos y perigrinaçiones del camino su gouierno, ydolos y templos dellos, ritos y cirimonias ... calandarios delos tiempos
Source place of publication:
Mexico
Source date:
ca. 1585
notes:
Dance of the nobles, perhaps for the festival of Toxcatl which was held during the month dedicated to Tezcatlipoca, or the god of the night sky and memory. The drummers play the teponaxtli, or wooden drum, and the ueuetl, or drum with membrane. The nobles wear either the tilma or the more simple maxtlatl, or loincloth.
The Tovar manuscript is divided into three sections. This second section of the manuscript--an illustrated history of the Aztecs--is essentially the same as the Codex Ramírez and forms the main body of the manuscript.
Time Period:
1492-1600
Subject Area:
Artifacts, industry, and human activities; Indigenous peoples
geographic area:
Spanish America
Subject headings:
Aztec dance; Indians of Mexico; Mexico--History--To 1519; Rites and ceremonies
References:
Lafaye, J. Manuscript Tovar, p. 273; Gruzinski, S. Painting the Conquest, p. 68-69
References exhibitions:
Danforth, S. Encourntering the New World, fig. 19
Provenance/Donor:
Acquired from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1946.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Commentary:

El modo de baylar de los Mexicanos. 17a y última del primer tratado.