The figures in this lot would originally have been placed in a diorama box complete with buildings and background scenery. There are at least three dioramas by Gerrit Schouten in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Gerrit Schouten (1779-1839) was a Surinam artist who specialised in Botanical and zoological drawings, later he started making dioramas from paper and wood. These dioramas which Schouten started making in 1810 untill his death in 1839, were comissioned as souvenirs by Europeans tarvelling in Surinam. Typically they depict slave life and Indian life.
The son of a Dutchman and a coloured mother, Gerrit Schouten is seen as the first true Surinam artist.
Cf. Clazien Medendorp, Geschiedenis in een kijkkastje Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum - no. 3, 2006, pp. 235-245.