Khoikhoi dancing and making music near the Cape of Good Hope
Title on object: Eygentlijke afbeeldinge van de Maniere van Danssen der Naturale inwoonderen fte Hottentotten aen de Caep de Bona Esperanca
The image shows a group of Khoikhoi dancing and making music.
Part of a series of four remarkably early ethnographic depictions (Carte di Castello 79 through 82.) No other copies of this series or source images are known to exist. It has been suggested that Zacharias Wagenaer, who is known to have made ethnographic images in South America before becoming governor of the Cape in 1662, might possibly have provided the source material. Andries Beeckman, who spent time at the Cape in 1657, also made drawings of its indigenous inhabitants.
Part of the Carte di Castello, collected by Cosimo de Medici III in 1667 and 1669 during his tours through Europe. Cosimo III bought the 66 watercolours by Vingboons in December 1667 in Amsterdam, through mediation of Pieter Blaeu.Please contact Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana for reuse and copyrights.