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Mexican Codex fragment of Tlaquiltenango to be auctioned in Spain

Madrid, Apr. 3 (Notimex).- A fragment of the Codex of Tlaquiltenango, Morelos, Mexico, dating from the middle of the sixteenth century and discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century, will be auctioned on April 25 at an exit price of 100 thousand euros (more than 106 thousand dollars ). The Spanish auction house Alabarte presented on Monday an auction catalog that includes important pieces such as that fragment of the Mexican codex, or an unpublished painting attributed to Diego de Velázquez, among others. Speaking to Notimex, the expert on ancient books and manuscripts Olga Roman explained that this is a fragment that was pasted on the walls of the convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Tlaquiltenango, Morelos, discovered in 1909. The fragment, measuring 35 centimeters by 20 centimeters, shows cracks but allows to be placed between the pieces of a codex that complements 132 fragments that has the Museum of Natural History of New York and six others of the National Library of Anthropology and History of Mexico. In addition, 207 other fragments remain attached to the convent and it is a codex on tax activity, since the figures represent the coins, the type of taxes, whether it is individual payment or for each family. The document, of amate paper or similar and in black ink, belongs from the early twentieth century to a private Spanish collection and was studied in 2012 by the professor of History of America of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, for its acronym in Spanish) Juan José Batalla. The codices were adhered to the walls of the convent by the order of the Franciscans in the middle sixteenth century, due to a litigation with the order of the Dominicans, contrary to the collection of tributes to the Indians and is believed to have hidden under a layer of lime for that matter. In 1909 the codices were discovered by the parish priest Agapito M. Minos who, with the help of the engineer Mauricio de la Arena, took off six fragments of the wall that were later donated to the National Library of Anthropology and History of Mexico. In 1911, Juan Reyna, the owner of the land on which the convent sits, ripped, with the help of the American archaeologist of the Museum of Natural History of New York, Herbert J. Spinden, 135 fragments and almost all of them were sold to the museum. The auction also includes an unpublished work by Diego de Velázquez, entitled "Retrato de una niña” (Portrait of a Girl), owned by a family that for generations did not know the authorship and the price is yet to be determined. Also, a painting by Spanish painter Alonso Cano titled "Tobias y el Angel".