Detail View: JCB Archive of Early American Images: [Cassava, snake, and insects]

Accession number: 
Record number: 
JCB call number: 
J719 M561o / 3-SIZE
Image title: 
[Cassava, snake, and insects]
Place image published: 
Image publisher: 
[Johannes Oosterwijk]
Image date: 
Image function: 
plate [5]
etching, engraving, hand coloring
Image dimension height: 
36.8 cm.
Image dimension width: 
27.2 cm.
Page dimension height: 
51.5 cm.
Page dimension width: 
34.7 cm.
Materials medium: 
ink, colors
Materials support: 
Cassava or manoic showing tubers, stem, and leaves. Also includes snake, eggs, caterpillar, moth, chrysalis, insect casing, and another insect [treehopper?].
Source creator: 
Merian, Maria Sibylla, 1647-1717
Source Title: 
[Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium. Dutch] Maria Sybilla Meriaen Over de voortteeling en wonderbaerlyke veranderingen der Surinaemsche insecten
Source place of publication: 
Source publisher: 
by Joannes Oosterwyk, boekverkoper op den Dam in de Boekzael: Alwaer dit werk, ... te bekomen zyn
Source date: 
Scientific name for cassava: Manihot esculenta or utilissima. The moth is identified by Wettengl as a Manduca sexta L., although the caterpillar and pupa are probably stages in the metamorphoisis of Pseudosphinx tetrio L. The snake is probably a garden tree-boa [Corallus hortulanus] or a giant boa [Boa hortulana]. In either identification, the boa is not shown true to size. Merian first published Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium in 1705; in 1719, her daughters brought out a second edition in Dutch and in Latin, reusing the original plates and adding 12 more plates and corresponding text. This new edition was created by pressing each still wet image onto a sheet of clean paper, creating a "counter-impression" which was reversed from the original, thus producing two prints from one inking. Notes on the plants contributed by Caspar Commelin.
Time Period: 
Wettengl, K. Maria Sibylla Merian, p. 227-229
Acquired after 1870.
Owner and copyright: 
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
geographic area: 
Subject Area: 
Flora and fauna
Subject headings: 
Flora and fauna