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Bramins. Die Braminer.

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Article ID ASI1019
Artist Mallet (1630-1706)
Alain Manesson Mallet (1630- 1706 ) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV, became a Sergeant-Major in the artillery and an Inspector of Fortifications. He also served under the King of Portugal, before returning to France, and his appointment to the court of Louis XIV. His military engineering and mathematical background led to his position teaching mathematics at court. His major publications were Description de L'Univers (1683) in 5 volumes, and Les Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la Guerre (1684) in 3 volumes. His Description de L'Universe contains a wide variety of information, including star maps, maps of the ancient and modern world, and a synopsis of the customs, religion and government of the many nations included in his text. It has been suggested that his background as a teacher led to his being concerned with entertaining his readers. This concern manifested itself in the charming harbor scenes and rural landscapes that he included beneath his description of astronomical concepts and diagrams. Mallet himself drew most of the figures that were engraved for this book.
Title Bramins. Die Braminer.
Year ca. 1684
View of two Brahmin, a varna (class, caste) in Hinduism specialising as priests of sacred learning across generations.Brahmins used to survive on the donations they used to earn from religious rituals called "Daan" by following the religion ie. "Dharma". They were traditionally responsible for religious rituals in temples, as intermediaries between temple deities and devotees, as well as rite of passage rituals such as solemnising a wedding with hymns and prayers.However, Indian texts suggest that Brahmins were often agriculturalists in medieval India.
Place of Publication Frankfurt on Main
Dimensions (cm)16 x 10,5
ConditionTear external margin perfectly restored
TechniqueCopper print


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