The University Libraries' Mesoamerican codices collection consists of high quality facsimiles held in Special Collections, mass published facsimiles found on our shelves, early microfilm proxies of originals, and scholarly interpretations.
The categorization on this page is based on the work of John B. Glass and his book, Catalogo de la Coleccion de Codices, Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico, 1964.
Call Number: SPE** F 1219.56 C627 C63X 1984 V.1 and V.2
Publication Date: 1984
This "codex" consists of fragments of a very large painting, some of which is believed to have been lost since it was first described by Borutini in the eighteenth century. The principal theme is warfare. Indians armed with bows, arrows, macanas, and shields with the symbol for war between them are a frequent motif. The taking of prisoners and sacrifices are also shown, as are native houses, place glyphs, and other symbols.
(**Oversized) Codex Becker No. II is divided into two horizontal bands. In the lower band are nine Indian couples with calendrical and personal name glyphs. In the upper are six couples added by a different or later hand, which was also responsible for the place gylphs in the lower division. Both sets of drawings are in the traditional Mixtec style.