[Catecismo Testeriano] Return to object viewer [Catecismo Testeriano] Creator Stavenhagen, Kurt León, Nicolás Testera, Jacobo de Place [Mexico] Date [18th century] Notes In the early period of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, before religious instructors had learned the languages of the indigenous peoples, they used pictorial stories describing basic teachings to spread the Christian Gospel. These catechisms were called Testerians, after Father Jacobo de Testera, a Franciscan priest who pioneered this method of teachingProbably written in Mexico in the 18th centuryTitle supplied by cataloguerThe name "Maria Manuela" appears on verso of leaf  but her role in the production of this manuscript is unclearThis catechism includes some glosses in both the Mazahua and Spanish languagesMs. codexThis manuscript was reproduced in full with commentary by Nicolás León in English in 1900 in a work called "A Mazahua catechism in Testera-Amerind hieroglyphics" and in Spanish in 1968 under title "Un catecismo mazahua (en jeroglifico Testeramerindiano)"Hieroglyphs are written recto and verso of all leaves except for the verso of leaves  and  leaves and leaf and which are blankManuscript catechism in Testerian hieroglyphs written on watermarked European paper Local notes John Carter Brown Library copy is sewn into contemporary crushed hide wrappers and housed in brown cloth slipcase measuring 17 cm. highJohn Carter Brown has bibliographic material on Testerian Catechisms, a photographic reproduction, and correspondance housed in JCB bibliographical fileJohn Carter Brown Library copy imperfect: hieroglyphs are much faded and come corners are water stained; some leaves are also torn or delicate, and use should be restricted to facsimile copy catalogued under shelfmark: facsim. 1-SIZE Codex Ind 26 or "Un catecismo mazahua (en jeroglifico Testeramerindiano)" / by Nicolás LeónProvenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy: Dr. Nicolás Leon and Kurt Stavenhagen: former owners according to JCB Catalogue of manuscript codicesJohn Carter Brown Library copy acquired with the assistance of the Metcalf Fund JCB Call Number Codex Ind 26 Format Not fiction Manuscript Book Subject Imprint 17-- Testerians Indian linguistics, Picture-writing, Indian Indian linguistics, Mazahua language Manuscripts, Indian languages Picture-writing, Indian, Manuscripts Manuscripts, Mexican Language oto spa Normalized Place of Publication Mexico 0.8X ? Dimensions 16 cm. (8vo) Add to project Close notification Looks like you're on a mobile device To annotate, collaborate, and publish projects you need to switch to desktop.