A stunning engraving representing a war declaration ritual by Florida Indians in the early 19th Century.
The engraving comes from a book with text in French and German, which, considering the age of the paper, must have been published circa 1860. (Florida became a state in 1843)
The Indians are in front of a city fortified with tall wooden walls, and are planting ceremonial arrows around it, at fixed intervals in the ground.
They have a very interesting hairdo with a kind of ponytail, minimal clothing, look athletic, but also quite angry!
The title of the artwork is written in French: "Declaration de Guerre" (declaration of war)
In the 19th Century, many books have representations of the people of the world. But these are nearly always for the sake of their exotic costumes.
To find a piece with characters in action in a realistic scene is particularly rare.
The momentum in this artwork is really breathtaking!
You can feel the ominous progression of the ritual as one after the other, the warriors plant their arrows.
A precious document about the past, and an excellent work of Art.
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CONDITION: Very good, with some small blemishes due to age in the margins. On uneven border where the piece was removed from the book. Small stain on top. Image is still in great shape.
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