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Carl Alfred Bock

Birth: 1849

Death:1932

Carl Alfred Bock (17 September 1849 - 10 August 1932) was a Norwegian government official, author, naturalist and explorer. Bock was born in Copenhagen, Denmark when his parents were traveling on business. He was the son of merchant and factory owner Carl Henirich Bock (1812-1877) and Regitze Hansen (1826-1900). His parents had a cotton factory in Sweden. He grew up in Kristiansand and attended Kristiansand Cathedral School. He continued his education at Christiansfeld in Snderjylland, Denmark. Later he studied zoology and natural sciences in London, England.

Bock served for six years at the Norwegian-Swedish Foreign Consulate at the seaport of Grimsby, England before he came to London in 1875. He obtained private funding, especially from Arthur Hay, 9th Marquess of Tweeddale for a journey of discovery to Sumatra and Borneo from 1878 to 1879 under authority of Johan Wilhelm van Lansberge, Governor-general of the Dutch East Indies. With the support of the King Chulalongkorn, he traveled in 1881 around the interior of Siam and Laos.

In 1886, he joined the joint Swedish-Norwegian Foreign Consulate Service. He was Norwegian-Swedish vice-consul at Shanghai in 1886 and in 1893 consul general in Shanghai. From 1899 to 1900, he was consul in Antwerp and 1900-1903 Consul General in Lisbon. He left the Foreign Consulate Service in 1903 and settled in Brussels. He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Videnskapsselskapet i Kristiania) and was a knight, first class of the Order of St. Olav. His large collection of artifacts from Thailand and Indonesia is now kept principally at the British Museum in London. A species of snake, Atractus bocki, is named in his honor.

References:

Reece, Bob (1995). "Carl Bock, explorations and travels in Sumatra, Borneo, and Siam". In: King, Victor T., editor (1995). Explorers of South-East Asia: Six Lives. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. 300 pp. ISBN 9789676530776.

Books & Publications

Images

Image Name
Head-Hunters of Borneo - The Village of Long-Wai (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Title Page (1882)
Temples and Elephants - Pavilion in the Lake at the Palace of Bang-Pa-In (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - The Saat or Gobang (Mydaus meliceps) (1882)
Temples and Elephants - Route from Bangkok to Kiang-Tsen (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Sinen the Hermaphrodite Tiger-Hunter (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Dyak Chief lying in state (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - The Siamang (Hylobates syndactylus) (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - A Long Wahou Warrior (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - [Assorted Portraits of Borneo Elite] (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Architecture at Tangaroeng (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Long-Wai Woman returning home (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Crossing the River Benangan (1882)
Temples and Elephants - A Theweda or Angel (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Palace of the Sultan of Koetei (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Poonan from north of Long Wahou / Human Trophies / Festive Mask (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - The Forest People: Mother & Maid (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Orang-Bukkit from Amontai (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - The Kanchil (Moschus kanchil) (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - A Tring Priestess (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - A Malay Bride, the Honeymoon (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Dyak Utensiles, Canoe, etc. (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Dayk Armes, Utensils, etc. (1882)
Temples and Elephants - Title Page (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Dyak boy at home (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Tattooed Woman of Long-Wai (1882)
Temples and Elephants - Front Cover (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Sulau Landang; A full-dress portrait (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Head of Kambing Utan or Wild Goat (Capricornis sumatrensis) (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Mausoleum of Rajah Sinen's family (1882)
Temples and Elephants - Back Cover (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Two of my followers and Mans coiffure of Longbleh (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Dwelling among Tombs (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Poonan Woman (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - My Home at Paio (1882)
Temples and Elephants - The White Elephant (1884)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - The Belle of Long-Wai (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Wild People at Home (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Long-Wai Dyak in War Costume (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Sibau Mobang, Chief of the Cannibals (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Dyal idols & charms (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - A Chief of the Forest People (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Hetdung, my favourite Dyak boy (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - South East Borneo (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Tring Dyak's War Dance (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - On a Head Hunting Tour (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Tattoo Marks & Sirah Basket (1882)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - Rajah Dinda's Family Sepulchre (1882)

Maps

Map Name
Head-Hunters of Borneo - South East Borneo (1882)
Temples and Elephants - Route from Bangkok to Kiang-Tsen (1884)