The Boxer Codex

Boxer Codex, is an illustrated manuscript, written around 1595, it contains 65 color drawings showing indigenous Filipino dressed in different costumes and 50 showing the treatment between Spaniards and Filipinos. Specifically it describes the Tagalog ethnic groups, visaya, Zambales, Cagayan and bold.

It is believed that it was written by Luis Perez Dasmariñas, Spanish military man who ruled the Philippines between 1593 and 1596, son of the governor of the Philippines military and Gomez Perez Dasmariñas. It is likely that the manuscript was written during his tenure. The technique and style of painting, as well as gender role, they suggest that the painter would be Chinese.
One of the first known owners of the codex was the Earl of Ilchester Giles Fox-Strangways. In 1947 he came to power of Charles Ralph Boxer. Currently this curious manuscript is kept in the Lilly Library at Indiana University in the United States.


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