Collection ID: 0026 | Metadata type: TEI

2004.003.00.0001 Mexica men playing Tlachtli

Title

Mexica men playing Tlachtli

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2004.003.00.0001
(Miami Lakes, FL, Jay I. Kislak Foundation)

Publisher

Jay I. Kislak Foundation

Language

German

Origin

1529
Place
Spain

Summary

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.

Extent

609 mm x 711 mm

Foliation

Two pieces of paper pasted together to form a larger leaf.

Support

Paper

Decoration

Watercolor of ball players and surrounding scenery

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Decoration: Watercolor illustration of two Mexica ballplayers at Charles V's court