Latin American Gems in the Bodleian Collection: Ancient Mesoamerican Manuscripts

Location: 
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (main entrance on Broad Street)
Date: 
Friday, 18 September 2015
Time: 
3.15pm to 4.30pm

This session will focus on the technical study and preservation of early Mexican manuscripts at Bodleian Libraries, as well as their social and historical context. A recent grant has enabled the Conservation and Collection Care team to characterise the colours present in the Libraries' five pre-Hispanic and early colonial Mexican pictorial manuscripts: Codex Laud, Codex Bodley, Codex Selden, the Selden Roll and Codex Mendoza. Due to the fragility of the codices, very little work had been done in the past to assess their materials and composition. Yet it is these very aspects that are critical to understanding the nature of these documents, their history, construction and their durability.

This session will be followed by a self-guided viewing of the manuscripts from 5.30-6pm in the Weston Library and Divinity School.

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