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  • Description

    Southern Sudan, frontal full-length portrait of two adult male Nuba wrestlers. Wearing padded belts, neck-ornament, ear-ornament, nose-ornament, ankle-ornaments. Male at left covered in ash. Hill in background, shadow of photographer in foreground. Medium: Gelatin silver print.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1909-1922 (?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 11.09 centimetres
    • Width: 8.63 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Original Number: "101" [stamp on back of print]; "675" [printed from negative]. Original Inscription: "DEPARTMENT OF ETHNOGRAPHY BRITISH MUSEUM" [stamp on back of print].
  • Curator's comments

    Main Themes of Album: southern Sudan - vessels, pottery sherds, archaeological artefacts; village life including dancing [?], wrestling, shrines, animal-husbandry, architecture; anthropometric portraits of adult males. Circumstances: The Seligmans undertook ethnographic surveys in the Sudan in 1909-10, 1911-12 and 1921-22. Respectively, these journeys were north to south along the Nile and among the Nuba; east to west, including the Kababish of Kordofan and Beja of Red Sea Province; south and east of the Dinka, Bari and Lotuko speaking tribes (Seligman 1932:xii-xiii). However, the Seligmans were not the only photographers on these expeditions, and they also collected photographs taken by other people. B J Mack, 6/01/1997. The Seligmans also made a collection of photographs of the Veddas of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), held in the Asia section of the British Museum Department of Ethnography Pictorial Archive. Objects collected by the Seligmans in both areas are also held by the Department of Ethnography.


  • Bibliography

    • Myers 1941 bibliographic details
    • Firth 1975 bibliographic details
    • Seligman & Seligman 1932 Plate XLI [image published] bibliographic details
    • Seligman & Seligman 1932 pp xii-xiii bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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