The San Salvador Huejotzingo Pleitos

An illustrated Mesoamerican codex
October 6, 2020

This manuscript in Spanish and Huejotzinca with Náhautl pictographs, dated 1571, was written by at least two hands. It details a lawsuit of the village's indigenous people against a dishonest and exploitative Spanish vicar. With six fabulous drawings adding to the visual vocabulary of the region, this manuscript is one of only six known extant manuscripts from the area, and contains two names pointing to the artists who drew the pictographs. This fascinating item is a thrilling discovery and a rare and valuable piece of Mesoamerican history. See more about this codex in our Artwork Gallery. 




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