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This listing is for a vintage facsimile of a sketch drawing of two birds of Maranhao (Brazil): The Yellow-rumped Cacique, Cacicus cela (a passerine bird) and a Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos).

This vintage plate depicts a drawing by Frei Cristovao de Lisboa in the 17th. Century (1625-1631). He draws birds, mammals and plants while he was in Brazil as a missionary. The original drawings, in pencil and covered in ink, are part of a manuscript "Historia dos animais e árvores de Maranhao" that is kept in an archive in Portugal. In 1967, the arquive published a study about the work of Frei Cristovao that included facsimile copies of his drawings. These prints were part of that 1967 facsimile edition.

Size: approx. 9" by 12"

In excellent condition. It is printed on thick paper. The uneven borders and darker areas that you see are in the original drawing that is reproduced in this vintage facsimile.

This is the actual page from a 1967 book, not a reproduction.

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Woodpecker, Passerine, Birds Sketch Drawing, Maranhao, Brazil, Frei Cristovao


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: vintage facsimile
  • Ships worldwide from Uruguay
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