The Latimer Collection of Antiquities from Porto Rico in the National Museum and the Guesde Collection of Antiquities in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, W

The Latimer Collection of Antiquities from Porto Rico in the National Museum and the Guesde Collection of Antiquities in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, W

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...to represent a miliiorm cactus so common in the Antilles? And in this case should we not rather class it among the idols?-fPrg-172.) Dishes.--There are but two dishes in my collection: 1st. A large one of rnde workmanship. The concavity only is polished; the exterior rough and very irregular. 2d. A small one of very remarkable finish. It is in fact very well polished on all its inner and outer surfaces. Harpoon.--One single harpoon, slightly broken at the three extremities. The absent parts can, however, easily be restored in following the lines traced on the body of the piece. This instrument is very remarkable. Hooks.--I have two hooks very different in form. Both are a little broken, but easy to reconstruct by following the method indicated above. Aids.--Awls are rare. My collection inclndes only two of them, but I must state that the material employed is harder than that of the ordinary tools and instruments. Chisels.--Chisels are numerous and of various forms and sizes. The basil of the cutting-edge is perfect. Some of them are made of the same material used in the fine celts, and, like the latter, have the handsome glazing mentioned above. Vases.--I have only two vases. One is of guaiacum. The handle is perfectly isolated from the body of the vase. This piece is of very great interest. As the guaiacum is incorruptible, we need not be surprised that it has come down to us. It was found at Bertram Creek, the last quarter of Guadeloupe inhabited by the Caribs. Its edges are worn and hacked, and bear evidence of having been a long time in the earth. I have seen a small tortoise of the same wood found in a cave at St. Vincent. The other in my possession is of stone. It is an astonishing piece from its general regularity and its contour. Shall I...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236585895
  • 9781236585899