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Articles in use among the inhabitants of the Friendly Islands.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2006,Prt.168

  • Title (object)

    • Articles in use among the inhabitants of the Friendly Islands.
  • Description

    Images of a selection of objects from Tonga, including two swords, three long clubs, a short club, two other wooden implements, a fan of woven plant material and a whisk of plant material and wood. Apr 20 1800.
    Engraving and etching

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20 April 1800
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 centimetres
    • Width: 24.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of print
      • Inscription Content

        No XXXIII
        32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41
        Harding ex Sparrow sc
        ARTICLES IN USE AMONG THE INHABITANTS OF THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS
        Published Apr. 20 1800. by J Debrett Piccadilly
      • Inscription Translation

        XIV
        3
        2
        1
        4
        5
        drawing and Lith by Choris Lith by Langlume
        Bonnets and utensils of the Sandwich Islands
      • Inscription Comment

        printed in ink
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of print
      • Inscription Content

        KXT.Oc.9B
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of print
      • Inscription Content

        DEPARMENT OF ETHNOGRAPHY
        BRITISH MUSEUM
      • Inscription Comment

        Black ink, printed.
  • Curator's comments

    Related image: Oc2006-Prt-169.

  • Condition

    One edge ragged (torn from book?); acid burn on opposite edge.

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2006,Prt.168

  • Additional IDs

    • KXT.Oc.9B (Old BM series number)
    • XXXIII (Plate number)
Renderings of a selection of objects from Tonga, including two swords, three long clubs, a short club, two other wooden implements, a fan of woven plant material and a whisk of plant material and wood. Apr 20 1800.
Engraving and etching

Renderings of a selection of objects from Tonga, including two swords, three long clubs, a short club, two other wooden implements, a fan of woven plant material and a whisk of plant material and wood. Apr 20 1800. Engraving and etching

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