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De Bry - "A typical Javanese dance" - 1599 - Indonesia - dancing - ?Gamelan

De Bry - "A typical Javanese dance" - 1599 - Indonesia - dancing - ?Gamelan

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"A typical Javanese dance"

-Original Copperplate Engraving from 1st Latin Edition of 1601

-Johan Theodore De Bry

-Image 14x10cm

-Page 29x19cm

-Good condition - the image has been professionally restored with restoration of the lateral margins on both sides of the image

-Verso blank

This original engraving comes from part 3 of the De Bry's Petits Voyages, which included a description of Houtman's voyage to Java.

This is plate 29 from the work: "A typical Javanese dance" The text reads:

 

"When the people of Java dance, the men stand on one side and the women on the other, just as they do in Madagascar. The way they dance, however, is quite different. The dancers sway from side to side, stretching out an arm to one side, then pulling it back and laying a hand on their breast, with great playfulness. The musical instrument to which they dance is made from different sized pieces of sugar cane, bound together like organ pipes and arranged on a platform. A small piece of metal covers each opening at the top and the player strikes these with another piece of metal. The sound is very pleasant and five times louder than one would expect from such a small instrument."


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