Maya conch shell, 761.

Visual material
1 item ; 12 x 29 x 7 cm.


Maya languageTexts [Browse]
Manuscripts, Maya—Mexico—8th century
Contained in
Princeton collection of Mesoamerican manuscripts, [600s-1800s].
Linking notes
Forms part of the Princeton Mesoamerican Collection (C0940).
Summary note
This conch shell, thought to come from the Yucatan, still contains red pigment from its use as the ink pot of a Maya calligrapher. The red letter hieroglyphs engraved into the body of the shell contain a date equivalent to March 17, 761 and the name of the Royal Calligrapher, "He of the Holy Books." This is the earliest dated American manuscript in the Princeton University Library.
Source acquisition
Gift of Frank E. Taplin, Class of 1937 and Mrs. Taplin.
Publications about
Alfred L. Bush. "Cover Note." Princeton University Library Chronicle 53, no. 3 (1991-92). pp. 345-48.
Cite as
Princeton Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 11, Manuscripts Division, Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic format.
Princeton Mesoamerican collection, [600s]-[1800s]
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