The Technical Study of Two 16th Century Mexican Pictographic Documents in the NMAI Collection
This is an abstract from the "From Materials to Materiality: Analysis and Interpretation of Archaeological and Historical Artifacts Using Non-destructive and Micro/Nano-sampling Scientific Methods" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Two mid-16th century Mexican pictographic documents in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, a codex on amate paper from the Valley of Mexico and a lienzo on a large cotton textile from Puebla, have been well studied by historians and archaeologists yet have never been the subjects of a technical study. This paper presents the preliminary analytical results of a study that aims to holistically understand the object’s biographies, from manufacture and use through accession and conservation. In addition to technical analysis, this project looks to re-contextualize the codex and lienzo by strengthening our understanding of their relationships to historic and contemporary indigenous documentary traditions in Mexico.
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The Technical Study of Two 16th Century Mexican Pictographic Documents in the NMAI Collection. Emily Kaplan Emily Kaplan, Leah Bright. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451084)
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Abstract Id(s): 22911