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Indian victory ceremonies

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Plate XVI from the 1603 German edition of Part II of the Grands Voyages (Brevis Narratio Eorum quae in Florida Americae provincia Gallis acciderunt) based on Le Moyne's drawings of the French expeditions to Florida and the customs of Florida natives. This plate depicts the Indians bringing their trophies of war to the ceremonial grounds: These are arms, legs or scalps of their enemy, which they place on tall poles to form a circle. Then everyone sits round in a circle, with the sorcerer in the middle. Holding a small image representing the enemy, he begins to utter curses upon them in a low voice. Meanwhile, three men kneel opposite him; one pounds a stone with a club, while the other two rattle gourds filled with small stones, all in rhythm to the curses.
Item Number: F2560
Cartographer: Theodor de Bry
Place & Date: Frankfurt / 1591/1603
Size: 9" x 13 1/4" (overall sheet)
Condition: b&w as published; light overall age toning
Price: SOLD