Louis Auguste de Sainson (Artist) Victor Adam (Lithographer)

Consultation a l'Esprit pour un enfant malade. (Tonga-Tabou), [Consultation with the Spirits for a sick child, (Tongatapu)]

Consultation a l'Esprit pour un enfant malade. (Tonga-Tabou), [Consultation with the Spirits for a sick child, (Tongatapu)] by Louis Auguste de Sainson, Victor Adam

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One of the chiefs with whom d'Urville established good relations was Palou. On 9 May 1827 the Captain and his officers paid a ceremonial visit to the chief. No one of note was waiting to meet them as it transpired that one of Palou's children had just died and another was gravely ill. A "spirit seance" was held for the child, which they observed. The ship's doctors examined the child, who had a very high fever, and were only able to suggest frequent baths as a treatment.

Title
Consultation a l'Esprit pour un enfant malade. (Tonga-Tabou), [Consultation with the Spirits for a sick child, (Tongatapu)]
Artist/creator
Production date
1833
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
320 x 495 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2008
Accession no
2009/3/14
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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