"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
8.3 x 8.9 inches
21.1 x 22.6 cm
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.
Issued folding with light scattered foxing and minor offsetting. There is a binding trim in the bottom right blank margin.