"The Manner of the Funerals in the Province of Quantum in the Empire of China", Gemelli Careri, John Frances
Period: 1710 (circa)
Publication: A Voyage Round the World
Color: Hand Color
18.5 x 9.2 inches
47 x 23.4 cm
Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri (1651-1725) was an Italian adventurer and traveler. Frustrated with his law career, he set out in 1693 to travel around the world, financing his way by purchasing goods at each stage and selling them along the way. When he arrived in China, the Jesuit missionaries assumed that he was a spy working for the pope. This fortuitous misunderstanding opened many tightly closed doors as he traveled through the country. This view illustrates a funeral procession in great detail.