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Title: [Old antique print of Hawaii] Eene offerhande in tegenwoordigheid van kapitein Cook.
Author: Cook, Capt. J.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1795-1803
Description: Captain James Cook (1728-79), explorer, circumnavigator and hydrographer. Three voyages, 1768-71, 1772-75 and 1776-79. From 1778 on printed editions of ' Captain Cook's Travels' appeared in English, Italian, French and Dutch.An offering in the presence of Captain Cook. After laying anchor in Kealakekua Bay in January 1779, Cook and his officers were hosted at a sacred kava ceremony in front of what appears to be a temple dedicated to the god Lono. Cook's arrival coincided with the celebration of the annual makahiki, a month-long festival honoring Lono, god of agriculture and fertility. It proved to be a fortuitous set of coincidences for Cook, for makahiki was a time when hostilities ceased, and festivities and feasting were part of the ceremonial events.Hawaiian legends had predicted that Lono, one of the four primary gods of the Hawaiian pantheon, would one day return to Hawaii on "floating islands." The Discovery and Resolution, far larger than even the largest Hawaiian voyaging canoes, might well have been mistaken for floating islands as they sailed offshore. Many believe that Cook was treated with respectful deference as he was probably thought to be the returning Lono.

In this image, the kahana nui (high priest) honors Cook with an offering of a young pig as part of the kava ceremony. From a Dutch edition of ‘Cook's voyages'.
Dimensions: 225 x 355 mm
Colouring: uncoloured
Condition: excellent condition.
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  • Number: 1012463 (3586)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum







 
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