CURIOSITIES FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN. A REMARKABLE REDISCOVERY IN THE TROPENMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM: THIRTEEN ETHNOGRAPHIC OBJECTS FROM THE BRUNY D'ENTRECASTEAUX EXPEDITION. (1791-1794).
Duuren, David van.; Mostert, Tristan.
72 pp.; 52 illus., 32 in colour, map, biblio.. Leiden, 2007. Cloth.
book nr. 9692 € 25,00
The objects, eleven clubs, a spear and a food pounder deserve more attention than they have received until now. They were acquired by the French expedition on several Melanesian and Polynesian islands in 1792 and 1793, some thirteen years after the English explorer James Cook's third and final voyage. They therefore number among the oldest Oceanic collections found in ethnographic museums in the West. The authors have been able to trace, in great detail, the history of acquistion of these, and related, important and interesting objects now stored in Dutch and French ethnographic institutions.