Blood letting practised by the Cuna Indians of Panama, observed by Lionel Wafer John Savage
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Blood letting practised by the Cuna Indians of Panama, observed by Lionel Wafer
Landscape with two native American figures showing bleeding by arrow wounds as described by Lionel Wafer (d.1705), Welsh surgeon and buccaneer: "It so happen'd, that one of Lacenta's Wives being indisposed, was to be let Blood; which the Indians perform in this Manner: The Patient is seated on a Stone in the River, and one with a small Bow shoots little Arrows into the naked Body of the Patient, up and down; shooting them as fast as he can, and not missing any Part. But the Arrows are gaged, so that they penetrate no farther than we generally thrust our Lancets...". Engraved by John Savage (active 1680-1700). Plate facing p.285 of: A new voyage and description of the Isthmus of America. Giving and account of the Author's abode there...by Lionel Wafer; within volume 3 of A collection of voyages..., by William Dampier et.al., 4 volumes, (London, James and John Knapton, 1729). Copy belonging to Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), President of the Royal Society. Lionel Wafer lived among the Cuna Indians of the Isthmus of Darien [Panama] in 1681, having been injured while on an expedition with William Dampier (1651-1715).
Original: copperplate engraving. 1729
- Image reference: RS-9596
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