Diorama of a slave dance

Rijksmuseum

A diorama with a painted backdrop and 11 figures. It represents a role-play with music and dance that was performed on the plantations a few times a year. Both the players and the spectators were slaves. Each event could last several days. The slaves were very attached to the games and banning them (by the plantation owner) could lead to unrest or even a strike. The narrator of the story is the woman on the far left. The man in the red suit on the right plays the king. Europeans in Suriname were crazy about this kind of folklore. They bought these Schouten boxes as souvenirs.

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