Striking example of Seutter's figure of Colossus, with sword and scepter, representing Daniel's interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Dan. 2:39-40).
History's great empires are engraved on the breastplate; Oriental empires on the left leg, Western ones listed on the right. Mythical animals also representing the great monarchies flank the figure.
Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757) was a prominent German mapmaker in the mid-eighteenth century. Initially apprenticed to a brewer, he trained as an engraver under Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremburg before setting up shop in his native Augsburg. In 1727 he was granted the title Imperial Geographer. His most famous work is Atlas Novus Sive Tabulae Geographicae, published in two volumes ca. 1730, although the majority of his maps are based on earlier work by other cartographers like the Homanns, Delisles, and de Fer.
Alternative spellings: Matthias Seutter, Mathaus Seutter, Matthaeus Seutter, Mattheus Seutter