- Visual material
- 1 item ; 12 x 29 x 7 cm.
- Maya language—Texts [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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