"Ixora" (Ishvara, meaning Shiva) being worshipped as a lingam, from the influential Picart series; *a very large scan of this engraving*

Source: ebay, May 2002

"This plate is plate number 40 from book number 6 of  THE CEREMONIES AND RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS OF THE VARIOUS NATIONS by Bernard Picart, French Edition published c1725 (and many later editions). The image was originally published in de Bry's Grand Voyages (1590 or subsequent edition)."


Ixora (Ishvara) or Shiva, and his son Quenevadi (Ganapati), another print from the Picart series (1722); click on either image for a very large scan. For sources, compare two views by Philip Baldaeus, from 'Nauwkeurige beschrijving Malabar en Choromandel, derz. aangrenzend rijken, en het machtige eiland Ceylon', Amsterdam, 1672: *upper image*; *lower image*

Source: ebay, Aug. 2014

Source: ebay, June 2008

Picart's largest Indian engraving, "Divers Pagods and the Penitence of the Faquirs," with an explanatory key in English as well as French. For a single HUGE scan, click on the image; for more convenient ones: *upper left*; *upper right*; *lower left*; *lower right*. Interestingly, *another version* of this engraving, monolingual in French, depicts a *sexual act* involving the figure on the left (flipped to right). And here's a version by *Isaak Tirion, 1731*

Source: ebay, Dec. 2009

"Procession of the Ganges," 1723; *a very large scan* of the engraving

Source: ebay, May. 2010

"The Feast of Huly," 1723; *a very large scan* of the engraving

Source: ebay, Nov. 2010

"Manner in which the Women in India Burn Themselves after the death of their Husband"; *a very large scan*
"Manner in which they Bury Themselves alive with the corpse of their Husband"; *a very large scan*

Source: ebay, July 2003

"Picart, Bernard. 'Ceremonies et Coutumes Religieuses des Peuples Idolatres, Representees par des Figures dessinees de la main de Bernard Picart: Avec une Explication Historique, & quelques Dissertations curieuses.' Tome Second. Amsterdam: J. F.Bernard, 1728. A large copper engraving from that work. The print is signed and dated in the plate by Picart."

"Birth ceremony of the Banians" and "Naming ceremony of the Banians," 1728

Source: ebay, May 2010

Two ascetics, from Picart's 'The Ceremonies and Religious Customs of the Idolatrous Nations' (English version, London, 1733-38); *the whole page, from the French edition*

Source: ebay, Dec. 2009

*Four views of joguis*; *upper left view*; *lower right view*
*Four views of penitents*; *upper view*; *lower view*
*Four kinds of darvesh*
*Four avatars of Vishnu*
*Four more avatars of Vishnu*
*Avatars nine and ten*
*An overview of the ten avatars*
*"The Procession of Witsnou"*
*"The Pagoda of Kamaetsma" and "The Procession of Witsnou"*
*"Brama ou Bruma"*; *a detail*

*"A sick person being presented before Ixora to obtain his blessing"*
*"A sick person in pain who receives cow's urine on his face"*; *a detail*

*[The collection of cowdung and cow urine by the faithful] (Picart, or just similar?)
*The Ceylonese worship their "tutelary deity"*
*Parsi wedding rituals, and their practice of baptism by fire*
*A Parsi wedding*

*A Parsi fire-temple and the towers of silence*
*Death rituals of the Parsis*

*The Chingulais worship an image*; *a closer view* [is this originally from Picart?]
*The procession of the Inquisition at Goa*

Source: ebay, Nov. 2006, etc.

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