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1750 Schley; Aztec Calendar - Pre-Columbian Mexico - 1754 - Ethnography

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"Roue Chronologique des Mexiquains / Rad der Tydrekeninge van de Mexicaaners"

1754 (circa)


9.8 x 9.8 inches

24.9 x 24.9 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.

A nice impression on watermarked paper, issued folding.