Detail View: JCB Archive of Early American Images: [Cacaua Quahuitl]

Accession number: 
07138
Record number: 
07138-5
JCB call number: 
B651 H557n / 2-SIZE
Image title: 
[Cacaua Quahuitl]
Place image published: 
[Rome]
Image publisher: 
[Vitale Mascardi]
Image date: 
[1651]
Image function: 
illustration; p. 79
Technique: 
woodcut
Image dimension height: 
11.8 cm.
Image dimension width: 
6.7 cm.
Page dimension height: 
33.1 cm.
Page dimension width: 
21.5 cm.
Materials medium: 
ink
Materials support: 
paper
Description: 
Small cacao tree with its roots and seed pods.
Source creator: 
Hernández, Francisco, 1517-1587
Source Title: 
Nova plantarum, animalium et mineralium mexicanorum historia ...
Source place of publication: 
Romae [Rome]
Source publisher: 
Sumptibus Blasij Deuersini, & Zanobij Masotti Bibliopolarum. Typis Vitalis Mascardi
Source date: 
MDCLI [1651]
notes: 
Scientific name: Theobroma cacao. It is native to South America, and its seeds are used to make cocoa and chocolate. Its name comes from the Nahuatl word cacahuatl.Hernández was an expert on medicinal botany who became personal physician to King Philip II of Spain. In 1571 he left for Mexico and the Philippines where he collected specimens for seven years. Three indigenous artists accompanied him.Image title from chapter title.
Time Period: 
1651-1700
Provenance/Donor: 
Acquired in 1971.
Owner and copyright: 
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
geographic area: 
Spanish America
Subject Area: 
Flora and fauna
Subject headings: 
Natural history
Subject headings: 
Cacao
Subject headings: 
Botany