Original copperplate engraving on a vellin type paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 25 x 40 cm. The image size is ca. 21 x 33 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 9.8 x 15.7 inch. The image size is ca. 8.3 x 13 inch.
Plate : This plate shows 4 scenes from South-America. 1. Funeral customs of the Mexicans – 2. Gifts for the dead in Mexico – 3. The inhabitants of Venezuela drink the ashes of their Cacique (Chief) after the burning of the corps – 4. The Venezuelans cry over the corps of their Cacique. This scarse original old antique print / plate originates from: ‘Naaukeurige beschryving der godtsdienst-plichten, kerk-zeden en gewoontens van alle volkeren der waereldt.’, a Dutch edition or its French edition ‘Ceremonies et coutumes Religieuses…’ , by A. Moubach, 1727-1738 (French edition 1721-1725). An English edition called ‘Ceremonies and religious Rites of the various nations of the known world….’, appeared in 1733. It was the most elaborate history of world religion published up to that time. The plates in this work were adapted by B. Picart and others from various sources including de Bry.Artists and Engravers: The author of this work is A. Moubach. The most important engraver of this work is Bernard Picart (1673-1733). He was a French painter and engraver. He received his art education from his father, Etienne (1632-1721), from Le Brun and Jouvenet at the Royal Academy. His talents developed rapidly: at the age of sixteen he gained honors at the Academy of Paris.He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. Other engravers worked on this work as well.
Condition: Excellent. General age related toning and occasional light staining from handling as visible on image. Paper edges occasionally a bit frayed and chipped from handling, not nearly effecting image.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-MEXICO-FUNERAL-VENEZUELA-CACIQUE-SOUTH AMERICA-NATIVES-PICART