1 J.Cook. A Human Otaheite / Virtual Rare Map Fair


Title: [A Human Sacrifice, in a Morai, in Otaheite.] Menselijke offerhande in een Morai op Tahiti verrigt.
Author: James Cook.
PlaceAndYear: Amsterdam, c. 1795
Description: Human sacrifice at the great Morai at Attahouroo [Utuaimahurau],Tahiti, witnessed by Captain Cook on 1 September 1777. A bound figure in the foreground, with men digging a hole for the body behind, and the whatta containing two dogs and three pigs sacrificed previously. On left, two drummers, and the chief priest with other priests around him.The ceremony was performed in the presence of Otoo [Tu], with Captain Cook, another officer [William Anderson], and Omai, all standing on the right. From a Dutch edition of Cook's Voyages.
Dimensions: 22 x 46.5 cm, uncoloured, very good.
  • Number: 1013331
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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