Page from the Dresden Codex, Maya manuscript. Artist: Unknown
Page from the Dresden Codex, Maya manuscript. Chromolithograph of a page showing a section of a 'tonalamatl', a sacred season of 260 days. The god Quetalcoatl is depicted several times, including ferrying a woman (centre) and with an axe (bottom left). The original manuscript was probably produced in the first half of the 13th century, and contains tables predicting astronomical occurrences with great accuracy. It was sent to Europe after the Spanish conquest of Central America, and is today one of only four Mayan codices known to have survived.
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Molino del Rey - attack upon the Molino, pub. 1851. Creator: Carl Nebel (1805 - 1855)
Molino del Rey - attack upon the Molino, from The War Between the United States and Mexico, pub. 1851 (colour lithograph). US-Mexican War 1846 - 1848; Winfield Scott (1786 - 1866); Antonio de Leon (1794-1848); Battle of Molino del Rey; 8th September 1847; battle took place just outside Mexico City and resulted in a stand off with the US Army successfully marching into Mexico City one week later.
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Jade statue of Quetzalcoatl, Aztec, Mexico, early 16th century(?). Artist: Werner Forman
Jade statue of Quetzalcoatl, Aztec, Mexico, early 16th century(?). Quetzalcoatl rising from the jaws of the Feathered Serpent, just as the Morning star rises from the Earth to herald the sunrise. He wears a collar symbolic of the sun. This possibly commemorates the transit of Venus in 1508. From the British Museum, London.
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