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The Heads of a Dodo and a Hoopoe Hen

The Heads of a Dodo and a Hoopoe Hen

Cornelis Saftleven (in circa 1630-1635)

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Until 1680 the Dodo lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian
Ocean, with no natural enemies. The island was uninhabited until it
was discovered by seafarers around 1510 and the ecosystem was
disrupted. The Dodo is the symbol of animals that have been wiped
out by humans. Specimens were taken to Europe as curiosities, one in 1626 to Amsterdam, so
Saftleven may have drawn his Dodo head from life.

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Title The Heads of a Dodo and a Hoopoe Hen
Material and technique Black chalk, brush and grey ink and watercolour
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 118 mm
Width 172 mm
Artists Tekenaar: Cornelis Saftleven
Accession number CS 30 (PK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1900
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1900
Age artist Between 18 and 28 years old
Exhibitions Prentenkabinet: Vogels van diverse pluimage (2009)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Cornelis Saftleven

Gorinchem 1607 - Rotterdam 1681

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