Archaeologists recover Aztec Codices of San Andrés Tetepilco

World Monday 25/March/2024 14:42 PM
Archaeologists recover Aztec Codices of San Andrés Tetepilco

Mexico City: Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have announced the recovery of the Codices of San Andrés Tetepilco.

The three codices date from the late 16th to early 17th century and are believed to be a continuation of the Boturini Codex.

The codices depicts a transition from pre-Hispanic Mexica to the arrival of the Spanish, the latter represented with the image of Hernán Cortés who appears dressed like a Roman centurion. Another scene corresponds to the reign of Izcóatl, the fourth king of Tenochtitlan, and the founder of the Aztec Empire.

According to a press statement, the collection was in private ownership and has been acquired for the National Library of Anthropology and History (BNAH).

Following confirmation of authenticity by experts, INAH, in collaboration with various companies and philanthropists raised 9.5 million pesos (237,115.00 Pound sterling) for the purchase.

A closer examination has revealed that the codices were made on amate, a type of bark paper, with an applied layer of gesso and cochineal extract. Inks used to paint the various scenes come from plants, charcoal, indigo, and different shades of ochre.