A HUMAN SACRIFICE, IN A MORAI, IN OTAHEITE; - IN THE PRESENCE OF CAPTN. COOK, &C.

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John Webber

Artist's Biography

A Human Sacrifice, in a Morai, in Otaheite; - in the presence of Captn. Cook, &c.

Copper plate engraving. 1784-86.
Image 7 7/8 x 12 7/8" (202 x 327 mm) plus title and margins.
Good condition. Some residue of binding on the base edge.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 78791
Price: $225.00
Publisher : Published by Alexander Hogg, London.
Engraved by Lodge. From "A New, Authentic and Complete Account of Voyages Round the World, Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing an Authentic, Entertaining, Full and Complete History of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third & Last Voyages" by George W. Anderson. A Tahitian chief, Tina, invited Captain Cook, Captain Clerke, the artist John Webber and others to attend a ceremony at a marae (open-air temple) on the east side of the island. It was an important event, to seek help from the war god, 'Oro, in a battle against the chief of a nearby island. It called for the offering of a human sacrifice, as well as the sacrifice of pigs and dogs. The man killed for the ceremony was one of the chief's servants, and he was buried beneath the marae. Captain Cook found the ceremony fascinating and described it in detail in his journal. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - South Pacific , Misc. Countries

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