Wooden jewel box with representations related to the Gonini expedition, unknown, in or before 1926 Canvas Print

Wooden jewel box with representations related to the Gonini expedition, unknown, in or before 1926 Canvas Print

Wooden jewelry box covered with paper with wood grain imitation and partly painted in Jugendstil style. On the lid is the inscription painted. The box has three drawers, lined with velvet on the inside, to store jewelry (bijoux). The front of the box can be folded down and is lined on the inside with a piece of silk on which the letter C and some flowers and twigs are embroidered. When unfolded, the jewelry can be placed on top of it, before they are stored or put on. The box is plastered on three sides with watercolours depicting landscapes in Suriname. The watercolours have a jugendstil style frame. A small booklet is attached to the back of the box, which can be opened with two brackets. The booklet consists of six pages with watercolours and (reproductions of) photographs. Both the drawings and photographs in the booklet in the back, as well as the watercolours on the outside of the box, refer to the Gonini expedition that took place on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Geographical Society from June 1903 to January 1904. The expedition aimed to investigate and map the catchment area of the river Gonini. The expedition members collected various objects from the Maroons, the Roucou and other Surinamese population groups. These objects are similar to the objects depicted on the watercolours. The embroidered letter C refers to A. A. Caljé (1872-1934), who was offered the jewel box when he retired as Inspector for Education in Suriname in December 1926. The jewel box was possibly intended for his wife. It is not known that A.A. Caljé had a specific interest in the Gonini basin. As Inspector for Education, he was committed to the establishment of district schools outside Paramaribo.

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