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'Spears from Feejee [Fiji] & New Hebrides'

PAI4639
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Object ID PAI4639
Description No. 32b in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. Captioned by the artist on the album page below the image, as title. A drawing of five spears lying in parallel, their origins listed by the artist down the left margin; the top two and bottom two are bracketed together and noted as 'Feejee', the broader and shorter one in the middle is inscribed 'New Hebrides'. See also PAI4639 for a related drawing of Fijian and Samoan clubs. It is likely that these were items Fanshawe brought away from the islands and drew at his leisure. Whether they are weapons or hunting/ fishing equipment, or both, remains to be clarified. Fanshawe did nine drawings of Fiji and Fijians, PAI4631-PAI4639, including these two weapons studies.
Date made late 1849 (?)

Artist/Maker Fanshawe, Edward Gennys
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials pen & ink, black & watercolour
Measurements Sheet: 54 x 325 mm
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