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Where are the codices today?

ORIGINAL QUESTION received from - and thanks to - James Vega: Just wondering if you knew the names of the locations/museums (eg Vatican) of the 13 - 20 Mexican Codices... and items that are from Mexico: example - where in Vienna is Moctezuma’s original headpiece etc... Thanks in advance. (Answered by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

The Codex Durán (Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid) on display in the British Museum during the Moctezuma exhibition, 2009-10
The Codex Durán (Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid) on display in the British Museum during the Moctezuma exhibition, 2009-10 (Click on image to enlarge)

Well, here’s a list of the locations today of some of the best known codices from Mexico: most of them date from pre-Columbian times and are now in European museums...

Tonalámatl Aubin - Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City
Codex Bodley - Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
Codex Borbonicus - Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Codex Borgia - Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome
Codex Boturini - Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City
Codex Colombino - Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City
Codex Cospi - Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna, Italy
Codex Dresden (Maya) - Sächsische Landesbibliothek — Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, Germany
Codex Fejérváry-Mayer - World Museum Liverpool, England
Codex Laud - Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
Codex Madrid (Maya) - Museo de América, Madrid, Spain
Codex Magliabecchiano - Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence, Italy
Codex Mendoza - Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
Codex Zouche-Nuttall - British Museum, London
Codex Paris (Maya) - Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Florentine Codex - Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence, Italy
Codex Selden - Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
Codex Vindobonensis - Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria

Headdress, Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde), Vienna, Austria
Headdress, Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde), Vienna, Austria  (Click on image to enlarge)

As for the famous ‘headdress of Moctezuma’ (actually there are serious doubts as to whether it DID actually belong to Moctezuma II), it now resides in the Museum of Ethnololgy in Vienna (follow link below for more information). When we’ve time (!) we hope to add on our site a list of the key collections of Aztec/Mexica artefacts around the world...

Photos -
• Codex Durán by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore
• Moctezuma headdress courtesy Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde), Vienna, Austria

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Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Tecpa. Yours is an excellent list too, featuring some great resources.