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De Bry - "A wedding ceremony near Goa"- Original - 1599 India

De Bry - "A wedding ceremony near Goa"- Original - 1599 India

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"A wedding ceremony of the people near Goa"

-Original Copperplate Engraving from 1599

-Johan Theodore De Bry

-Image 14x10cm

-Page 29x19cm

-Good condition

-Verso has text

This original engraving comes from part 2 of the Petits Voyages of De Bry, which describes the voyages of Linschoten. From Holland, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten sailed to Goa in India in 1583 and went on to explore the Malabar and Coromandel coastal regions. He stayed for several years, before eventually returning home by way of Terceira in the Azores, where he stayed for 3 years. Throughout this period he collected much information from other Dutch sailors and gunners who had served with the Portuguese in the East.

This is Plate 10 from the work showing a wedding ceremony near Goa

The text reads:

The people of “Belgate” regard their God, “Pagodes”, in such high esteem that, whenever a daughter was to be married it used to take her virginity away. This was regarded as a great honour by the bridegroom. With musical accompaniment, friends and relatives gather round the bride and lead her to the temple, where the idol was standing. A long pointed ivory pole stuck out from its belly and the girl’s closest relatives pushed her onto it until blood could be seen on its point. They they solemnly lead her back home and presented her to the bride-groom. He was most impressed and happy that pagodes had dome this deed for him.

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