C1787

A Man of the Sandwich Islands Dancing.

A solo Hawaiian dancer pictured in this image is seen holding an uli’uli, a feather-covered gourd rattle. On his calves are leggings made of loose-hanging dog’s teeth. Called kupe’e niho ‘ilio, they weighed up to ten pounds and included as … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Man of the Sandwich Islands Dancing.

Date:

C1787

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

190mm 
x 285mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Man of the Sandwich Islands Dancing. - Antique Print from 1787

Genuine antique
dated:

1787

Description:

A solo Hawaiian dancer pictured in this image is seen holding an
uli’uli, a feather-covered gourd rattle. On his calves are leggings made
of loose-hanging dog’s teeth. Called kupe’e niho ‘ilio, they weighed up
to ten pounds and included as many as 1,356 teeth, adding rhythmic
accompaniment to the dancer’s leg movements. The tattoos on the dancer’s
arms and legs are an example of the elaborate decoration in Hawaii.

From Bankes, A new and authentic system of universal geography, ancients and modern including all the late and important discoveries.

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

Official artist on Cook's third and last voyage. The reasons for the voyage were to return Omai and explore the possibility of a north-west passage along the North American continent. Webber was required to "give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description." Webber's oeuvre from the voyage was the most comprehensive record of sights in the Pacific region ever produced.

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