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Auction 184, Lot 374

"Chronologisches Rad der Mexicaner", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Aztec Calendar

Period: 1755 (circa)

Publication: Allgemeine Historie der Reisen zu Wasser und Land…

Color: Black & White

Size:
8.3 x 8.9 inches
21.1 x 22.6 cm
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This is a fine engraving of an Aztec calendar from Pre-Columbian Mexico. The Aztecs used both a 365-day calendar and a 260-day ritual calendar or almanac that was used for divination purposes. The 365-day calendar was divided into 18 months of 20 days each, plus 5 'nameless' days at the end of the year. In the 260-day cycle, 20 day names pair with 13 day numbers. The calendar is surrounded by a snake.

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Condition: B+

Issued folding with light scattered foxing and minor offsetting. There is a binding trim in the bottom right blank margin.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $85

Closed on 9/15/2021

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