Tombs of the Papuans, Island of Rawak, 1817-1820.
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actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Tombs of the Papuans, Island of Rawak, 1817-1820.

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Papuans in what is now part of Indonesia, cooking fish and performing other domestic tasks, watched by Europeans, one of whom is trying to kill a snake. In the background skulls are arranged outside the tombs. Illustration from 'Voyage autour du monde: entrepris par ordre du Roi...execute sur les corvettes de S M l'Uranie et la Physicienne pendant les annees 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820 / par Louis de Freycinet'. This work, by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842), was an account of a French voyage round the world between 1817 and 1820, and was published in Paris between 1824 and 1844.

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