"Ornatus Foeminae in India ex Pulcherrimis Plumis Concinnatus / Ein Indianische Fraw in irer Klaidung",
Subject: Brazil, Native American
Period: 1577 (circa)
Publication: Habitus Praecipuorum Populorum
Color: Hand Color
6.8 x 11 inches
17.3 x 27.9 cm
This woodcut engraving shows a Tupi woman in traditional dress. Below the engraving is descriptive verse in German explaining how Indian women make their own clothes from beautiful feathers. The item in the woman's hand is called a Tammaraca, a hollow gourd which is filled with small stones and was rattled to invoke the gods. The engraving was published in Hans Weigel's Habitus Praecipuorum Populorum, tam Virorum Quam Foeminarum Singulari Arte Depicti. Trachtenbuch: Darin Fast Allerley und der Furnembsten Nationen die Heutigs Tags Bekandt Sein, published in 1577. Weigel's encyclopedia of costumes included over 200 plates depicting people and costumes from around the world, with plates by Jost Amman.
A nice impression on heavy paper with light toning and soiling. Trimmed at right, apparently as issued.