Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rembrandt’s white elephant « quintessentialruminations

Rembrandt’s white elephant « quintessentialruminations
In July 1633 the Dutch East India Company sent seven ships from Batavia (present-day Jakarta) to Amsterdam. They were laden with sacks of peppercorns, 25,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain, a tiger and a female albino elephant. The animals were put on public display and the elephant’s name was Hansken....