Parution : The Madrid codex : new approaches to understanding an ancient Maya manuscript

The Madrid Codex


Gabrielle Vail is a research scholar at New College of Florida and a specialist in Maya hieroglyphic writing. She is the coeditor of Papers on the Madrid Codex (with Victoria Bricker). Anthony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropolgy, and Native Amerifan Studies at Colgate University. He has researched and written about Maya Astronomy for more than four decades. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the year and has been awarded the H.B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard’s Peabody Museum.

Résumé de l’éditeur

This volume offers new calendrical models and methodologies for reading, dating, and interpreting the general significance of the Madrid Codex. The longest of the surviving Maya codices, this manuscript includes texts and images painted by scribes conversant in Maya hieroglyphic writing, a written means of communication practiced by Maya elites from the second to the fifteenth centuries A.D. Some scholars have recently argued that the Madrid Codex originated in the Petén region of Guatemala and postdates European contact. The contributors to this volume challenge that view by demonstrating convincingly that it originated in northern Yucatán and was painted in the Pre-Columbian era. In addition, several contributors reveal provocative connections among the Madrid and Borgia group of codices from Central Mexico.

Contributors include: Harvey M. Bricker, Victoria R. Bricker, John F. Chuchiak IV, Christine L. Hernández, Bryan R. Just, Merideth Paxton, and John Pohl. Additional support for this publication was generously provided by the Eugene M. Kayden Fund at the University of Colorado.


  • List of Illustrations
  • Foreword by Davíd Carrasco and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Contributors
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1 Research Methodologies and New Approaches to Interpreting the Madrid Codex, Gabrielle Vail and Anthony F. Aveni
  • Part I Provenience and Dating of the Madrid Codex
  • 2 The Paper Patch on Page 56 of the Madrid Codex, Harvey M. Bricker
  • 3 Papal Bulls, Extirpators, and the Madrid Codex: The Content and Probable Provenience of the M. 56 Patch, John F. Chuchiak
  • 4 Tayasal Origin of the Madrid Codex: Further Consideration of the Theory, Merideth Paxton
  • Part II Calendrical Models and Methodologies for Examining the Madrid Almanacs
  • 5 Maya Calendars and Dates: Interpreting the Calendrical Structure of Maya Almanacs, Gabrielle Vail and Anthony F. Aveni
  • 6 Intervallic Structure and Cognate Almanacs in the Madrid and Dresden Codices, Anthony F. Aveni
  • 7 Haab Dates in the Madrid Codex, Gabrielle Vail and Victoria R. Bricker
  • 8 A Reinterpretation of Tzolk’in Almanacs in the Madrid Codex, Gabrielle Vail
  • Part III Connections Among the Madrid and Borgia Group Codices
  • 9 In Extenso Almanacs in the Madrid Codex, Bryan R. Just
  • 10 The Inauguration of Planting in the Borgia and Madrid Codices, Christine Hern ndez and Victoria R. Bricker
  • 11 “Yearbearer Pages” and Their Connection to Planting Almanacs in the Borgia Codex, Christine Hern ndez
  • Part IV The Madrid Codex in the Context of Mesoamerican Traditions
  • 12 Screenfold Manuscripts of Highland Mexico and Their Possible Influence on Codex Madrid: A Summary, John M.D. Pohl
  • Index

Informations pratiques


  • PARIS-BnF :
    • Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2005-227634
    • Richelieu – Manuscrits – magasin : 8-IMPR OR-19262
  • MADRID-Casa de Velázquez
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB

Citer ce billet
Olivier Jacquot (2019, 2 janvier). Parution : The Madrid codex : new approaches to understanding an ancient Maya manuscript. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 23 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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