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Prince Roland Bonaparte

Album of 33 photographs of Omaha Indians of North America, taken in November and December 1883 at the Jardin d'Acclimatation in Paris at the request of Prince Roland Bonaparte, for his private collection. The albumen prints (22x17 cm) are mounted on cardboard, without indicating the name of the Indians. The whole is bound in a lilac percaline album, the title and the imperial eagle struck in gold on the upper cover (publisher's binding).
The anthropological collection of Prince Roland Bonaparte was created to serve the study of man. It was designed according to the scientific precepts advocated at the time by the anatomist Paul Broca, founder in 1875 of the Anthropological School of Paris. The Red Skins album is one of the witnesses to extensive research carried out in the second half of the 19th century aimed at establishing biological and historical knowledge of human diversity. Photography will participate, with other techniques, in this quest for classification, on the model of the determination of species, at the heart of a totalizing intellectual effort.

Total: 20000.00 €