Apr 14, 2015 - Sale 2380

Sale 2380 - Lot 306

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
INQUISITION PROCEEDINGS AGAINST A MAN WITH A DEMON TATTOO (MEXICAN MANUSCRIPT.) Processo contra Alonsso Garcia. [56] manuscript leaves plus several blanks, signed by various witnesses and officials. Folio, original manuscript wrappers, worn; dampstaining, some leaves disbound, minor water damage to a few leaves, other leaves partially excised. Mexico, 1617

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Alonso Gómez García was a mestizo from Atitalaquía near the capital. He was brought before the Mexican Inquisition for having a tattoo of a demon on his leg ("porque . . . pintado un demonio una pierna"), elsewhere noted as being in the form of a small blue animal ("en forma de animalejo de color azul pantorrilla de la pierna izquerda en la parte de afuera") on the 22nd leaf. On the sixth page from the rear is testimony that the tattoo was in the form of a goat, that García called it his owner, and that he believed it would protect him from harm ("en forma de cabron al qual decía que era su amo, y su amparo, y que medíante el, no le podia suceder cósa ninguna mala, ni ser preso.") Tattoos had been a common tradition among the Indians but triggered the suspicion of the authorities for their subversion of Christian mores.