"Plate XL", Bry, Theodore de
Period: 1591 (circa)
Publication: Grand Voyages, Part II
Color: Black & White
8.2 x 6 inches
20.8 x 15.2 cm
This copper engraving is from a remarkable series of publications, illustrating voyages of discovery and travels of exploration to various parts of the world. The project was begun by Theodore de Bry of Frankfurt, in 1590 and was to continue for another 54 years. They became known collectively as the Grands Voyages (to America and the West Indies) and the Petits Voyages (to the Orient and the East Indies). De Bry died after the first six parts of the Grands Voyages were completed. The project was completed initially by his widow and two sons, Johann Theodore de Bry and Johann Israel de Bry, then by his son-in-law, Matthaus Merian in 1644.
Scene of the burial mound of a king. The villagers are gathered around the tomb that is decorated with arrows and the king's drinking shell cup. The mourners cut their hair as a sign of mourning. In the background three special women are seen howling the morning cries and the chief's home is being burnt. On a full sheet of German text.
Trimmed to image at right, as issued with soiled margins.