A cypher in the Florentine Codex

Sahagún’s handwritten title to “Relación del autor digna de ser notada”; kneeling man, under the phrase “and therefore the indians die with no remedy or help”. Book X of the Florentine Codex, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Med. Palat. 218–220. World Digital Library https://lccn.loc.gov/2021667855 images 144 and 171.
Bernardino de Sahagun’s “Note”, the concluding essay of the Florentine Codex, on the fate of the conversion enterprise by the religious orders, starting in folio 233r of Book XI. Note the sparse images after a page with the Popocatepetl, and before pages showing the various forms of buildings and constructions.
Book XI. folio 236v. An allegory of the fate of indigenous peoples?
The coyote threatens Mexico Tenochtitlan. Book XI. folio 236v.
Desolate land. Book XI. folio 236v.
A Cypher. Book XI. folio 236v.
Ixmiquilpan convent Southern wall, the starting point of the mural paintings. Wikimedia commons



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Alberto Diaz-Cayeros

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros


Mexicano orgulloso, migrante renuente. Economista ITAM y Politólogo Duke. Senior Fellow en CDDRL y Director Centro Estudios Latinoamericanos Stanford University