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Wild Man from BorneoA Cultural History of the Orangutan$
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Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001

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Orangutans on Display

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Wild Man from Borneo

Robert Cribb

Helen Gilbert

Helen Tiffin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter narrates how European elites began to develop an appetite for natural history collection. Kings and queens, princes and dukes, and doctors and merchants, accumulated so-called cabinets of curiosities, some from the natural world (naturalia), and some made by humans (artificalia). In the late eighteenth century, most red apes were held as pickled or stuffed specimens. By 1782, Sir Ashton Lever's Holophusikon, one of the finest London collections of its time, had boasted a male and female orangutans among its “very curious monsters and monkies.” Skins, skulls, and skeletons of orangutans could also be found in the British Museum and in a few university and private collections.

Keywords:   European elites, Ashton Lever, Holophusikon, monkies, British Museum, naturalia, artificalia

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