The U.S. Naval Astronomical Expedition to the Southern Hemisphere, During the Years 1849-'50-'51-'52 Volume 2

The U.S. Naval Astronomical Expedition to the Southern Hemisphere, During the Years 1849-'50-'51-'52 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...is no more. Before passing to other matters, the following little group of ancient Peruvian pottery may as well be introduced, although not included in the catalogue. It contains specimens only of a large collection in the private cabinet of the Emperor of Brazil, which is also rich in Eastern antiquities, including objects in bronze from Pompeii and Herculaneum. The whole is open to visitors; for, as a lover of science, as well as a gentleman of the purest morals, Pedro II stands pre-eminent in the house of Braganza. Most of the vessels were ornamented in colors or relief. The first figure at the left, on the upper row, represents a small water-pot. It is almost a facsimile of one lately taken from an ancient tomb and presented to the Hon. Henry A. WVise. In its two spouts of different sizes--one through which to fill it, and the other to drink from--and in its bail or handle, it resembles the popular "Monkey" or "Pitcher of Brazil," an aboriginal vessel of universal use in that country, and which l1as been dug up in Chile, Peru, and other parts of South America, in diversified forms and dimensions, plain and ornamented. It is worth remarking that similar vessels have been found in the catacombs of Rome. The next vase, if placed in a collection of Egyptian relics, would be received as a genuine canopus, so striking is its resemblance to some Pharaonic vessels. The third figure is a long-necked bottle, moulded at opposite sides into protruding fish-heads. The fourth is in the form of a spheroid, with the neck united to it by two curved tubes; a feature common in old water-flasks of Meridional America. The fifth is an uh 1r, elaborately decorated with colors. Of the second row, the first is very like two antique...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824482
  • 9781236824486