The Tupinambá’s Treatment of Prisoners of War, anonymous, c. 1630

The Tupinambá’s Treatment of Prisoners of War, anonymous, c. 1630

oil on panel, h 33.5cm × w 189.0cm. More details

In the 17th century, Europeans were enthralled by the original inhabitants of South America. Their (reputed) cannibalism spoke to the imagination. This painting was in the possession of the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam. Much of the scene is fantasized and says more about the Western perspective of the New World than the actual life of the Tupinambá people.

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