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One of eight surviving pre-conquest manuscripts of the Mixtec people, the Codex Zouche-Nuttall contains a narrative history of Mixtec kings. On this page the thirty-four year old Eight-Deer (named, as was common, for his birth date in the 260-day sacred almanac) is granted the honor of ritual nose-perforation by Lord 4-Jaguar who faces him in the central upper panel. In the lower left a priest administers the nose perforation, legitimating Eight-Deer’s claim to the throne of the Mixtec kingdom of Tilantongo.


Troike, Nancy (2006) “Zouche-Nuttall, Codex.” In David Carrasco, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America. Electronic Resource,

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