“Indian Collecting Cochineal with a Deer Tail”

José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez. From Essay on the Nature, Cultivation, and Benefits of the Cochineal Insect [Memoria sobre la naturaleza, cultivo, y beneficio de la grana], 1777.

Image of Indian Collecting Cochineal with a Deer Tail

Mexican priest and scientist Alzate y Ramírez included this illustration in a work on the cultivation of cochineal insects, used to create a dye that was one of New Spain’s most important exports.

Figure 1. An Indian gathers cochineal with a deer tail. Figure 2. Said (deer tail). Figure 3. A gourd bowl holding the cochineal.

Metadata Details
Item Type Book Section
Title Indian Collecting Cochineal with a Deer Tail
Publication Title Memoria sobre la naturaleza, cultivo, y beneficio de la grana [Essay on the Nature, Cultivation, and Benefits of the Cochineal Insect]
Short Title Indian Collecting Cochineal, 1777
Book Title Essay on the Nature, Cultivation, and Benefits of the Cochineal Insect [Memoria sobre la naturaleza, cultivo, y beneficio de la grana]
Creator José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez
Publication Date 1777
Pages Plate 7
Language Spanish
Call Number VAULT Ayer MS 1031
Location Special Collections 4th floor