Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium

Image

Illuminated copper engraving from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, Plate XLV. 1705

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Contributors

Contributed date

August 20, 2019 - 6:42pm

Critical Commentary

This is an image from Metaphormosis insectorum Surinamensium (Transformation of the Surinamese insects). Marilyn Strathern discusses this image in "Being One, Being Multiple" (Strathern 2015, 127) as depicting "one life-cycle encompassing many forms," of both the plant and the insect. 

Source

By Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) - repro from a book, Senckenberg Naturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9033543

Discussed in Strathern, Marilyn, Atsuro Morita, and Hugh Raffles. 2015. “BEING ONE, BEING MULTIPLE: A Future for Anthropological Relations.” NatureCulture3: 122–57.

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Cite as

Maria Sibylla Merian, "Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium", contributed by Grant Jun Otsuki, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 20 August 2019, accessed 25 May 2022. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/metamorphosis-insectorum-surinamensium