Smihtsonian Libraries

Lost Tribes

As an undergraduate at Oxford University, Irish antiquarian Lord Kingsborough (1795-1837) became fascinated by the Bodleian Library’s collection of Mesoamerican codices. These vividly illustrated manuscripts painted on animal hide or tree bark were created in the 15th and early 16th by the scribes and priests of Mexico and Central America chronicling the histories, religious beliefs, and scientific knowledge of their ancient civilizations.
Antiquities of Mexico, Viscount Edward King Kingsborough, Smihtsonian Libraries, National Design Library, Mexican paintings and hieroglyphics, Indians of Mexico, Lost tribes of Israel