Musical Instruments, Surinam, 1770s


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This record was last updated on 13 Nov 2013

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Source
John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the revolted Negroes of Surinam . . . from the year 1772, to 1777 (London, 1796).

Comments
Caption: "Musical Instruments of the African Negroes," shows various percussion (e.g., drums), string, and wind instruments. These "instruments of sound," Stedman wrote, "are not a little [in]genious, all are made by themselves," and he provides a detailed description of the items shown in the illustration. This and other engravings are found in the autobiographical narrative of Stedman, a young Dutchman who joined a military force against rebellions of the enslaved in the Dutch colony. The engravings are based on Stedman’s own drawings and were done by professional engravers. For the definitive modern edition of the original 1790 Stedman manuscript, which includes this and other illustrations see Richard and Sally Price, eds. Narrative of a five years expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988).