DISTILLED WATERS ANTIQUE INDIAN ARTWORK: GODS AND COWS

DISTILLED WATERS ANTIQUE INDIAN ARTWORK: GODS AND COWS

Antique Indian Cow Urine Drinking print

Caption Translations: “MALADE que l’on presente a IXORA pour obtenir sa guerison” means… “Sick that we presented to Ixora for his cure”

and…

“MALADE Agonisant qui recoit sur son visage l’urine d’une Vache” means… “Dying patient who receives on his face the urine of a cow”

Subject: Plate 4: 2 images on one Plate. The first image shows a sick man being brought for the God /Idol Ixora to be cured. The second shows a sick man who is getting cow’s urine in his face for a cure. India.

Description: This scarse original old antique print / plate originates from: ‘Naaukeurige beschryving der godtsdienst-plichten, kerk-zeden en gewoontens van alle volkeren der waereldt.’, a Dutch edition or its French edition ‘Ceremonies et coutumes Religieuses…’ , by A. Moubach, 1727-1738 (French edition 1721-1725). An English edition called ‘Ceremonies and religious Rites of the various nations of the known world….’, appeared in 1733. It was the most elaborate history of world religion published up to that time. The plates in this work were adapted by B. Picart and others from various sources including de Bry.

Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 9.6 x 15.4 inch. The image size is ca. 8.1 x 12.6 inch.

Medium: Original copperplate engraving on a vellum type paper.

Artists and Engravers: The author of this work is A. Moubach. The most important engraver of this work is Bernard Picart (1673-1733). He was a French painter and engraver. He received his art education from his father, Etienne (1632-1721), from Le Brun and Jouvenet at the Royal Academy. His talents developed rapidly: at the age of sixteen he gained honors at the Academy of Paris.He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. Other engravers worked on this work as well.