Penitences Mexicaines. Sacrifice des Captifs.
Copper engraving. Bookplate. Plate 341 x 221mm. Sheet 390 x 252mm. Some spots of staining in the upper part of the image.
Two scenes. 1. Mexican penitences. Before the Gods, Mexicans punish themselves for sinning, whilst musicians accompany their pains with music of the Gods. 2. Sacrifice of the Captives. High Priests at the altar of the Gods sacrifice prisoners as an offering to please the Gods. Published in Jean Frederic Bernard's monumental "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde" (Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World). 'The world's first encyclopedia of religions, the heavily illustrated, detailed general survey treating all religions dispassionately and as notionally equal, was composed and published in Amsterdam under the title 'Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde' in seven large volumes between 1723 and 1737 by a group of radical, intellectually subversive Huguenot refugees' (Jonathan Israel, 'How the light came in', TLS June 21 2013).
[Ref: 12503] £65.00