‘Maniere dont les Chingulais brulent leurs Morts.’
Etching / engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 19,5 x 25 cm. (7,7 x 9,8 inch). Image size: 15 x 21,3 cm. (5,9 x 8,4 inch).
This print originates from Prevost’s ‘Histoire Generale des Voyages’ (Paris 1746-1759). Sinhalese are an Indo-Aryan-speaking ethnic group native to the island of Sri Lanka.
Made by ‘Jakob van der Schley’ after ‘Johan Nieuhof’. Jakob van der Schley (Amsterdam 1715-1779) was a Dutch draughtsman and engraver. He studied under Bernard Picart and became heavily influenced by his style. Johan Nieuhoff (1618 – 1672) was a Dutch traveler who wrote about his journeys to Brazil, China and India. The most famous of these was a trip of 2,400 km from Canton to Peking in 1655-1657, which enabled him to become an authoritative Western writer on China. He made many drawings of Chinese buildings, animals, plants, towns, rivers, landscapes, people and their costumes.
Condition: Good, given age. Broad margins, solid paper, very good printing, slighly brown, brown stains in right and left margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: SRI LANKA-SINGHALESE-BURIAL-FUNERAL PILE