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Wahlbom, Johann Wilhelm Carl 1810-1858 :[Violent encounter in a Polynesian society] / C. Wahlbom inv & sculps. [Stockholm?] 1835

Reference Number: A-282-015

A naked man seated on the right, with a leg tattoo, is watching a group of three men and a woman engaged in a struggle. It appears that the woman was about to be killed but has succeeded in plunging a dagger into the breast of her would-be assassin. The second man, wearing a Maori-style comb in his hair is about to hit the woman on the head with a rock. The third man is forcibly holding the woman's arm and gesturing in horror. There is a background of very large tropical tree-trunks and vegetation on the right.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Portraits and Etchings, related to Johann Wilhelm Carl Wahlbom, Oceania, Tattooing, Homicide, Daggers, Women and Men.

Part of:
Wahlbom, Johann Wilhelm Carl 1810-1858 :[Violent encounter in a Polynesian society] / C. Wahlbom inv & sculps. [Stockholm?] 1835, Reference Number A-282-015 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 2 b&w art print(s) etchingsEtching 178 x 214 mm (image), 197 x 231 mm (plate-mark) on sheet 229 x 276 mm. Single art work

Historical Notes: The artist Carl Wahlbom was a Swedish illustrator. During 1835 to 1837 he was principally engaged on engraving illustrations for G. H. Mellins and N. H. Thomson's "Museum for naturvetenskap, konst och historia" [Museum for Natural Science, Art and History] and it is possible that this illustration is from that source. The etching may be a re-engraving from another unknown source or it may be an invention of the artist's. The leg tattoo of one man in this illustration suggests that the scene is intended to be Polynesian (but not Maori), while the man wielding the stone has a Maori comb holding his hair back. The scene is therefore inaccurate in its details and is unlikely to have come from an eye-witness account.

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Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-004927)

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