Codex Borgianus, plate 56: Mistlantecuhtli (the death god) and Quetzalcoatl (the life god), and the tonalpohualli (260 day ritual calendar)
The Mayan of the Classic period were preeminent in the art of writing and painting books. This codex is painted on a piece of deerskin which was stretched and dried and then coated with a thin layer of lime plaster to create a white ground.
Artform: MANUSCRIPTS (Bookarts), MAPS AND CALLIGRAPHY
Artist: Mixtec Culture
Artist Dates: flourished 1200-1519
Country/Culture: Ancient Americas: Mexico
Period: 15th century
Medium: pigments on deerskin
Size: 27 x 10 cm
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