Presentation of gifts from Asia, 1712.
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A queen is presented with exotic presents including a camel, a bird, a horn, dishes, a barrel and a chest. The queen is surrounded by allegorical figures including Time holding a scythe, and an hourglas on his head. From 'Amoenitatum exoticarum' (often translated as 'Exotic Novelties', published in Germany, 1712), by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German who travelled in Persia (Iran), India, Siam (Thailand), Java (Indonesia) and Japan. He asembled a large collection of exotic ephemera, natural specimens, costumes, books, calendars, and maps. His botanical drawings were later published by the naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820).