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Athanasius Kircher : “Image of Pussa, or the Cybele or Isis of the Chinese” (1668)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

A lavishly illustrated work compiled from field reports of Jesuit missionaries, China Illustrata answered Europe’s thirst for knowledge of China. It described a remarkable drink called “tea” and exotic animals like the “fast cow” (rhinoceros) and “marine horse” (hippopotamus). Kircher supposed that China had been settled by the Egyptians after the Biblical flood, as evidenced by their use of so-called “hieroglyphics.” The “goddess Pussa” represented here is the bodhisattva Guanyin (also known as Avalokitesvara and Padmapani), who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Kircher equated her with the Egyptian and Anatolian goddesses Isis and Cybele.

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