Códice Maya de México: Understanding the Oldest Surviving Book of the Americas (Paperback)

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Códice Maya de México: Understanding the Oldest Surviving Book of the Americas By Andrew D. Turner (Editor), Baltazar Brito Guadarrama (Contributions by), Gerardo Gutiérrez (Contributions by), Jesús Guillermo Kantún Rivera (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Andrew D. Turner (Editor), Baltazar Brito Guadarrama (Contributions by), Gerardo Gutiérrez (Contributions by), Jesús Guillermo Kantún Rivera (Contributions by)
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An in-depth exploration of the history, authentication, and modern relevance of Códice Maya de México, the oldest surviving book of the Americas.
 
Ancient Maya scribes recorded prophecies and astronomical observations on the pages of painted books. Although most were lost to decay or destruction, three pre-Hispanic Maya codices were known to have survived, when, in the 1960s, a fourth book that differed from the others appeared in Mexico under mysterious circumstances. After fifty years of debate over its authenticity, recent investigations using cutting-edge scientific and art historical analyses determined that Códice Maya de México (formerly known as Grolier Codex) is in fact the oldest surviving book of the Americas, predating all others by at least two hundred years.
 
This volume provides a multifaceted introduction to the creation, discovery, interpretation, and scientific authentication of Códice Maya de México. In addition, a full-color facsimile and a page-by-page guide to the iconography make the codex accessible to a wide audience. Additional topics include the uses and importance of sacred books in Mesoamerica, the role of astronomy in ancient Maya societies, and the codex's continued relevance to contemporary Maya communities.
 
This volume is published to accompany an exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center from October 18, 2022, to January 15, 2023.

About the Author


Andrew D. Turner is a senior research specialist at the Getty Research Institute. Trained as an archaeologist and art historian, Turner’s work focuses on ancient Mesoamerican material culture, religion, and symbolism. He has held positions at Yale University and the University of Cambridge; at Getty he is the project lead for the Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative, which traces the movement of looted pre-Hispanic art through the international art market.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781606067888
ISBN-10: 1606067885
Publisher: Getty Research Institute
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 96
Language: English