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Classic step fret ancient Mexican geometric pattern on the wall of a palace, Mitla

Ideas/evidence for PATTERN MOTIFS...

Evidence for the famous ‘step-fret’ geometric pattern so iconic of ancient Mexico can be spotted everywhere - from the pages of codices to the walls of pre-Hispanic palaces...

Codex Fejérváry-Mayer, folio 30
Codex Fejérváry-Mayer, folio 30 (Click on image to enlarge)

The photo shows the interior decoration of a room in the royal palace at Mitla, very near Oaxaca City, southern Mexico - an archaeological site visited by thousands of tourists every year. Mitla was the centre of Zapotec culture, and its architecture is exceptional. Oaxaca was also the land of the great Mixtec people who - by uniting with the Zapotecs - avoided defeat by the Aztecs.

The image from the Codex Fejérváry-Mayer (more recently re-named the Tonalamatl de los Pochtecas or Merchants’ Almanac) shows the god of song, poetry, and music, Xochipilli, in his temple, which has the same pattern style clearly displayed in the roof.

Picture sources:-
• Photo by Iain Pearson/Mexicolore
• Image from the Codex Fejérváry-Mayer scanned from our copy of the ADEVA facsimile edition, Graz, Austria, 1971.

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