Codex Boturini


Codex Boturini migration page, showing years 6 Flint through 13 Reed, broken up as two locations through which the Mexica migrated, page 17.


The Codex Boturini, formatted in the pre-Hispanic accordion-fold style, covers only the migration, and, like the migratory account of the Aubin, consists of clusters of years on each folio that describes the length of the stay in any given polity. The Boturini, compared to the sparse Nahuatl gloss and place-signs in the Aubin, contains fairly complex pictorial depictions of the migration, more akin to that found in the Telleriano-Remensis.


Migration account showing migration  through two locations, identified by place glyphs, page 5.


Codex Boturini migration account showing migration through one location, identified by a place glyph, and the cluster of years during which this occured, page 7.

Like the Telleriano-Remensis, the Boturini uses figurative representation of the migrants themselves, along with place signs, and the footprint pattern to show movement. These images, however, are less complex than those in the Telleriano-Remensis, with fewer looping footprints and an easily legible narrative told exclusively through pictures, seen below in Folios 5 and 7, showing Mexica migration along a route that is explained through place signs (the curved hill shapes) with a year count to the side to show the time-span of the particular section of migration.