Playing the Marimba/Xylophone, Peru, 1780s


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Image Reference
Trujillo_E142

Source
Martinez Companon y Bujanda, Trujillo de Peru (Madrid: Ediciones Cultura Hispanica, 1978-1994; facsimile reproduction of manuscripts in the Biblioteca del Palacio Real de Madrid), vol. 2, plate E142

Comments
Drawing identified as "Negros tocando marimba y bailando" (blacks playing the marimba and dancing), shows males and females, all fully clothed; two of the males are playing a marimba/xylophone, the other people appear to be dancing. This and hundreds of other drawings were done by unidentifed Indians during the 1780s and were commissioned by the Spanish Bishop Baltazar Jaime Martinez Companon during his pastoral visit to the region of Trujillo in northern Peru. The drawings, spread over nine volumes, are of Spaniards, Indians, plants and animals, as well plans and maps of the region. Only Vol. 2 contains a few pictures of blacks, the index to the volume giving very sparse information on each drawing. (See other images Trujillo on this website.) j