Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1665.
View. Copper engraving. Image measures 7 3/4" x 12 1/2"
This lovely engraving, published in the first edition of "An embassy from the East India company of the United Provinces" (Het gezantschap der Neerlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen keizer van China) in 1665, depicts a Chinese temple and Pagoda. Various statues are seen at the entrace to the temple, and along the roof. Worshipers are seen praying to a large idol in the interior, with smoke billowing on either side of the statue. Next to the temple is a traditional pagoda tower with a tiered roof.
This print is in excellent condition, with minor spots to margins not affecting the image. Plate mark and foolscap watermark visible.
Johannes Nieuhof (1618-1672) was a Dutch sailor, merchant, and draughtsman. He traveled extensively and published accounts of his travels, first in Brazil with the Dutch West India Company, and later in China and India with the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His account of China became an important reference for Europeans as it was one the first illustration depiction of quotidien life during the Qing Dynasty.