C1753

Crowning of the King of Whydah, april 1723,

Mapmaker:

Quentin-Pierre Chedel (1705 - 1762)

C18th engraving of Crowning of the King of Whydah, April 1723 (present day Benin).  In the centre of the engraving is a serpent indicating the cult of the python seems to have been of exotic origin, dating back to the first quarter … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Crowning of the King of Whydah, april 1723,

Date:

C1753

Mapmaker:

Quentin-Pierre Chedel (1705 - 1762)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

257mm 
x 177mm

Paper Size: 

350mm 
x 254mm
AUTHENTICITY
Crowning of the King of Whydah, april 1723, - Antique Print from 1753

Genuine antique
dated:

1753

Description:

C18th engraving of Crowning of the King of Whydah, April 1723 (present day Benin). 

In the centre of the engraving is a serpent indicating the cult of the python seems to have been of exotic origin, dating back to the first quarter of the 17th century. By the conquest of Whydah the Dahomeyans were brought in contact with a people of serpent worshippers, and ended by adopting from them the beliefs which they at first despised. At Whydah, the chief centre, there is a serpent temple, tenanted by some fifty snakes. 

From Prevost, Histoire generale des voyages.

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