Maniere dont L'Yncas marie Ceux de son Sang. On Coupe les Cheveux, et on donne un Nom aux Fils de L'Yncas.
Copper engraving. Bookplate. Plate 345 x 221mm. Sheet 390 x 245mm. Some creasing in the bottom right-hand corner.
Two scenes. 1. The way in which the Incas marry off their own blood. The father hands the bride over to the groom. 2. One cuts the hair, and the other gives a name to the son of the Incas. 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).
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