1. SLUB Dresden
  2. Collections
  3. Manuscripts
  4. The Dresden Maya-Codex

The Dresden Maya-Codex

  • is the oldest and best preserved book of the Maya
  • consists of 39 leaves written on both sides and originally folded as a leporello made of fig tree bark, exhibited in 2 parts with a total length of 3.56 m between glass in the treasure room of the SLUB
  • contains various almanacs, divination calendars, astronomical tables, ritual regulations and numerous representations of gods
  • is a key document for the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs and for the study of astronomy and chronology of the Maya
  • has been acquired in 1739 by the first librarian Johann Christian Goetze in Vienna and has been identified as a Maya manuscript only in the 19. century
  • has been reproduced in facsimile several times and is subject of numerous publications