University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Page View

Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672 / An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, emperor of China: delivered by their excellencies Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer, at his imperial city of Peking wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c. in their passages from Canton to Peking are ingeniously described by John Nieuhoff; also an epistle of Father John Adams, their antagonist, concerning the whole negotiation; with an appendix of several remarks taken out of Father Athanasius Kircher; Englished and set forth with their several sculptures by John Ogilby
(1673)

[Kircher appendix] Chap. VII. Of strange beasts or animals in China.,   pp. 411-414


Page 413

D efcription of C H  I7\4                        4g 
"I have (fAith he) annexed a double'Scheme of the true Sea-Ltorfe, of
which 
C, when I was at Moqambique, I fawa .great Company wallowing in the Sea in
"a Creek on  'Sn :I. The Judge of the City Mozamiqe iiCi1 eTd of 
"an Hippopotame untothe Colledge,that I night perufe it ; which, mafuring,I
"fui n    lent                                 whth maurne 
found itin length t4 ree Cubits from the Mouth to the Shoulders; on 
lowerja.... had. tw  high bended Teeth, unto which in the upper Jaw. he 
reat Teeth were c   fentaneous, and th Tongue lolling out. "Afterwaids
"viewingrthe more liland Parts of Craft ria, Coafling the Shore in a
Galy, 
"we beheld at leaf tfty, Sea-Horfes wiehin a Stones.caf, neighing, and
"playing divers Tricf in the Water: aSave with his Mufquet kill'd one
of 
'5 
'C 
'C 
ich brin2ngAfthore, and dijding it amongfl his Companiops, 
out his 'jeeth.,and gave me fome of the biggefi of them., his 
y hard tIe hath no Hair buti nly in the end of his Tail, which 
"turns in; they cat a Br    lightneike  olifh'd black Horn, and are
about 
Sthe big    lefs of a Qi llor fmall K   of which the Cafre make Bracelets,
both, for Ornament. and to nri'vient the Px ,. Of their Teeth are made 
Beads, Croffes,' and Images ;Aome flo the Flux of Blood: but all have 
not this Vertue, only thofle that are taken at a certain Seafon of the Year.
" In the Royal Hofpital at Goa there isa great Sea-Horfe Tooth, which
being 
"apply'd to a Vein that is open'd, will immediately fop the.Blood. The
Story of a Prince of Malabar flain by the Tortuguefe, is fufliciently known,
"whom they finding wounded with many Bullets, yet without any ign of
Blood, though his Wounds were gaping, ftripp'd, and pulling away a piece
;" of the-Bone of the Hippopotame that hung about his Neck, the Blood,
like 
"a Torrent that breaketh over the Banks, flow'd out of the dead Corps,
be- 
"ing before fo flopp'd and coagulated only by the frigid Nature of this
Crea- 
tture. Thus Father Doim. 
The Province of Fokien hath an Animal perfe&ly refembling a Man, but
longer Arm'd, and Hairy all over, call'd Fefe, mofi fwift and greedy after
humane Flefh ;, which that he may the better make his Prey, he feigneth a
Laughter, and fuddenly while the Perfon flands lifining, feifeth upon him.
There are alfo in Cbina Apes and Baboons of a different kind, whereof 
fome imitate Men, others, Dogs and Cats, and are alfo traaable and docile
to admiration; of which take Father Rotb's Relation, he being an Eye-wit-
nefs. 
"The King of  engala (faith he) in the Year 1 65o. difpatch'd unto the.
Emperor of the Mogors folemn Embaffy, with many rich Prefents, among 
"which was aTriumphal Chariot drawn by two white Horfes, wonderfully
iceadorn'd with Gold and Gems : But that which was more worthy of admi. 
'ration, the Charioteer was no humane Creature; for a great Baboon guided
"the Reins with no fmall skill and dexterity, his Livery Cloke and Cap
fhi- 
"ning with Scarlet and Gold;j the Champion, a great Maflive, fitting
on the 
"highefi Seat, as in a Throne of Majefly, Deck'd and Adorn'd with Gold
"and Jewels in fo great Splendor, that he feem'd to be fome great Prince
c'Cand not a Dog ; his Valets-de-Cbambre, Pages and Lacquies, richly Dref'd
according to their Place and Office, were all Apes and Monkies, offici- 
"oufly attending round about him, who fo well had learnt his Leffon,
that 
"when any Perfon of Quality drew near, henot only perform'd dueReve.
"rence, making low Congies, but his well inflruaed Followers did the
like : 
which the Emperor beholding with great pleafure and admiration, caus'd a
Nnnnn                  "high 


Go up to Top of Page