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WEBBER, John; THORNTON, John (engraver).

View of a Fiatooka or Burying Place in Tongataboo.

Stock Code
98804
London, Alex. Hogg at the Kings Arms, No 16 Paternoster Row, 1784
£1,750

A particularly fine copy of Webber's view of one of the carefully tended ceremonial burial grounds on the island of Tongatapu, the main island of Tonga. The view is particularly picturesque, clearly designed to appeal to the European eye, with finely detailed trees surrounding an open space with traditional buildings on the edge, and a stream flowing through the centre.

Cook returned to Tongatapu on his Third Voyage anchoring there from 10th June to 10th July 1777. He recorded visiting a fa'itoka (burying ground) in his journal 'The Places set apart for burying the dead are raised with Gravel about a foot or two above the level of the Ground, on which stand two or three Houses which are constantly shut up but contain nothing in them; these Ceremonies called in their Language Dano are kept very neat & clean & the Indians are generally despleased at our approaching them'

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Description

Engraving, 252 x 390mm (cut to plate mark), mounted.

Bibliography

cf. Beddie, 17 & 1743 [21].

Stock ID:98804

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