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245 South Fetterly Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022. (click to view)

277' X 3 1/2' ft
Glazed Ceramic Tile
Description / Interpretation: 

Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, architects and engineers. Anthony J. Lumsden, principal for design. A series of 99 pictographs illustrating significant events in the life of Eight-Deer Ocelot-Claw, a Mixtec leader who was born in 1011 and ruled a region  of southern Mexico that now includes Oaxaca. His exploits are described in seven books of symbolic picture-writing, known as the Codex Nutthall. The originial Codex Nutthall is in the collection of the Huntington Library in San Marino. Only 16 of the several hundred traditional codices written by ancient Mesoamericans still survive. They were made of deerskin or bark paper and opened like folding screens. Photo © Robin Dunitz.