Codex Vaticanus B

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Codex Vaticanus B, also known as Codex Vaticanus 3773, is an Aztec ritual and divinatory document. It is a member of the Borgia Group of manuscripts. It contains 49 leaves, 48 of them are painted on both sides.


The place of origin is region of Choluli in Puebla, Tlaxcala, in Mexico. It is one of largest codices from Borgia Group. Written in the Nahuatl language, it was made from animal skin. Currently it is housed at the Vatican Library.

It was translated by Eduard Seler and published in 1902 in London.[1]

Facsimile: Codex Vaticanus B (3773), Rome, Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana; Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) Graz 1972. Colour facsimile edition of the Old Mexican pictorial manuscript in possession of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. 96 pp., size: 155 x 135 mm. Total length 7,3 metres, in leporello folding. Encased in box with leather spine. Commentary: F. Anders, Vienna, 48 pp. text, 9 text ill., 1 fould-out-plate. CODICES SELECTI, Vol. XXXVI


Codex Vaticanus described with details the 260-day ritual cycle Aztec calendar called tonalpohualli (day count).

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