Media Information

Collection name:
JCB Archive of Early American Images
Accession number :
Record number :
JCB call number :
Codex Ind 2
Image title :
Place image published :
Image date :
[ca. 1585]
Image function :
illustration; recto leaf 148
Technique :
painting, manuscript
Image dimension height :
18.8 cm.
Image dimension width :
7.9 cm.
Page dimension height :
21 cm.
Page dimension width :
15.2 cm.
Materials medium :
ink, watercolor
Materials support :
Languages :
Description :
A bird with grey and red feathers is shown stabbed with a bone tool.
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 :
Source date :
ca. 1585
notes :
This month, identified as having the day of Mark the Evanglist, and known as Hueytozoztli (the great vigil), commemorated the festival of bird sacrifices which took place during the month. The patron gods of this month were Centeotl (a female corn goddess) and Chicomecacoatl (or Seven Serpent who was the goddess of maize and fertitlity). The month included the blessing of new corn. Title is corrected in another hand. The Tovar manuscript is divided into three sections. This third section of the manuscript contains the Tovar calendar which records a continuous Mexican calendar with months, weeks, days, dominical letters, and church festivals of a Christian 365-day year.
Time Period :
References :
Kubler, G. & Gibson, C. The Tovar Calendar, Memoirs of the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences, vol. XI, p. 24
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 :
geographic area :
Spanish America
Subject Area :
Indigenous peoples
Subject headings :
Mexico--History--To 1519
Subject headings :
Indians of Mexico
Subject headings :
Aztec calendar