Luigi Maria D’Albertis and New Guinea

Between 1872 and 1878 Luigi Maria DAlbertis undertook five expeditions to New Guinea: the most remote, wild and unexplored destination inhabited by men and women both innocent and brutal, according to the romantic ideal of the time.
Luigi Maria D’Albertis has gone down in history as the first Westerner to penetrate into New Guinea and for the remarkable natural and ethnological collections he accumulated; however, the charges against him, the controversy with the colonial establishment, and the bloodiest passages of his travel diary only undermined his reputation.
In New Guinea, his name is mostly remembered for his ruthlessness in dealing with the natives.

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Steamboat
Bag
New Guinea, Costa Nord, Tarfia
C.D.A.1258, Legacy Cap.E.A.D’Albertis, 1932
Bag
Accessory
New Guinea, Fly River. 1876
C.D.A.1244, Legacy Cap.E.A.D’Albertis, 1932
Bracelet
Ornament
New Guinea
C.D.A.1180, Legacy Cap.E.A.D’Albertis, 1932
Braided bracelet
Ornament
Rattan
New Guinea, Fly River. 1876
C.D.A.1264 , Legacy Cap.E.A.D’Albertis, 1932
Cocoa scraper
Tool
New Guinea, Yule Island, Hall Sound
C.D.A.1214, Legacy Cap.E.A.D’Albertis, 1932
Forck
Tool
New Guinea, Yule Island. 1874-75
C.D.A.1270, Legacy Cap.E.A.D’Albertis, 1932
Headrest
Carved and polished wood
L.M. D’Albertis, 1872-1873

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