Collection ID: 0026 | Metadata type: TEI
2004.003.00.0001 Mexica men playing Tlachtli
TitleMexica men playing Tlachtli
- Weiditz, Christoph, approximately 1500-1559 (viaf.org/viaf/59421291)
Other related names
- Christoph Graf zu Waldburg Wolfegg, former owner (viaf.org/viaf/35189746)
- Jay I. Kislak, former owner (viaf.org/viaf/100551485)
(Miami Lakes, FL, Jay I. Kislak Foundation)
PublisherJay I. Kislak Foundation
In 1528 Cortez brought an assembly of Aztec (Mexica) nobles perfomers, and courtiers, as well as an assemblage of plants, animals, to the Emperor Charles V at his court in Toledo. This watercolor was executed at Charles V's court by the artist Christoph Weiditz. It depicts two Mexica ball players, identified in the text as playing Tlachtli or 'tlachco'. A similar drawing appears in Weiditz's Trachtenbuch, an album of illustrations now in Nuremberg (Germanisches Nationalmuseum Hs. 22474). This album includes a scene of ballplayers highly reminiscient of this one. This version differs in several details and is more elaborate. It was likely prepared by Weiditz for a special patron.
Extent609 mm x 711 mm
FoliationTwo pieces of paper pasted together to form a larger leaf.
Watercolor of ball players and surrounding scenery
- Gift to Jay I. Kislak from Prince Waldburg-Wolfegg in 2004. Mr. Kislak donated this item to the Jay I. Kislak Foundation in 2006
- Mexico--History--Conquest, 1519-1540
- Tlachtli (Indian game)
- Toledo (Spain)
- These images and the content of Jay I. Kislak Foundation, 2004.003.00.0001: Mexica men playing Tlachtli are free of known copyright restrictions and in the public domain. See the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark page for usage details, http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/.
- 1 — Watercolor illustration of two Mexica ballplayers at Charles V's court