|Artist||Johann Georg Pintz|
|Published||[Christian Ulrich Wagner, Ausburg and Ulm, 1731]|
|Dimensions||Image 280 x 195 mm, Sheet 311 x 200 mm|
A scene depicting people worshipping an idol of a sun god, within a decorative border. Although the palms, the reed huts in the distance, and the idol itself suggest a far eastern location, the roundels in the border at the top feature the radiate head of the god Helios and the Ionian rose, the two symbols of the Greek island of Rhodes. From the German edition of Johann Jakob Scheuchzer's 'Physica Sacra'.
Inscription below image: 'Deut. Cap. IV. V. 19. Aischrolatreia', and the German translation of the inscription to the right. Referring to the law in the book of Deutronomy that forbids idolatry and worship of false gods: 'And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.'
Johann Georg Pintz (1697 - 1767) was a German engraver based in Augsburg. He is best-known for his book illustrations.
Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (August 2, 1672 – June 23, 1733) was a Swiss scholar born in Zürich. Scheuchzer published a variety of works, of which his writings relating to his scientific observations and his travels are often regarded as the most important. During his travels, he collected various materials for his scientific works. He believed the Old Testament gave a factual account of the history of the earth and therefore makes references to the 1611 King James Bible in his masterpiece, the 'Physica Sacra'.
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark. Overall time toning and light foxing. Minor hole to centre of sheet.