Carved wooden figures, New Guinea, 1826-1829.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Carved wooden figures, New Guinea, 1826-1829.

Sainson, de

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Lithograph drawn by de Sainson, showing figures kept in the sacred house at Dorey village (1-4), and figures laid on tombs on the island of Masmapi (5-6). Illustration, showing scale in feet, from 'Voyage de decouvertes de 'l'Astrolabe': execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829' by French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), published in Paris in 1833. The book, (in English, 'Voyage of discovery of the 'Astrolabe': undertaken by order of the king, during the years 1826-1829'), is an account of a scientific expedition to the Pacific. Illustration from the atlas section of the book.



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