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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A46.13

  • Description

    Picture of a shrine showing mud sculptures depicting the King of Benin in full traditional royal attire attended by a chief and young woman. Fourth, smaller figure standing in front of male figure. All figures have scarification patterns on their bodies. Two rib-necked pots, one either side of the deity. Figures depicted wearing coral bead regalia, including armlets, neck-ornaments. Leopard at left, in front of three mud figures in further shrine. Albumen print.

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1890-1900
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 14 centimetres (AF/A46/13)
    • Width: 20.2 centimetres (AF/A46/13)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        Album Title: "1st BENIN. WARRI. & SAPELE. 2nd NEW CALABAR. BONNY. OPOBO & QUA COUNTRY." [manuscript note on album paper]. Original Description: "Nice to fall amoungst on a dark night" [manuscript note on album paper].
  • Curator's comments

    Cataloguer's comment: This photograph joins onto Af,A46/12 at the left. The rafia on the roof demarcates sacred space. Information provided by N F Barley, 04/06/1996. Albums Af,A46 and Af,A47 were originally in one album containing 176 photographs. Main themes of album: Views of indigenous and European settlements, trading stations, roads, and Christian cemeteries. Portraits of European and indigenous people. Geography: Ethnic group suggested by N F Barley, 04/06/1996.

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  • Condition

    Print badly torn. Section of print missing. Tear repaired with adhesive "magic tape".

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date

    1920-1960

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum (?).

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,A46.13

  • Additional IDs

    • AF/CA46/13
View of a shrine with mud sculptures, one a deity from the Benin pantheon. Mud sculpture of seated deity in centre, arms outstretched. Right hand resting on shoulder of a female figure who is holding a fan. Left hand held by a male figure. Third smaller figure standing in front of male figure. All figures have scarification patterns on their bodies. Two rib-necked pots, one either side of the deity. Figures "wearing" coral bead regalia, including armlets, neck-ornaments. Male figure at r. wearing a cloths. Raffia on roof of shrine. Ridges in walls around deity. Leopard at l., in front of three mud figures in shrine at l..
Medium: Albumen print.

View of a shrine with mud sculptures, one a deity from the Benin pantheon. Mud sculpture of seated deity in centre, arms outstretched. Right hand resting on shoulder of a female figure who is holding a fan. Left hand held by a male figure. Third smaller figure standing in front of male figure. All figures have scarification patterns on their bodies. Two rib-necked pots, one either side of the deity. Figures "wearing" coral bead regalia, including armlets, neck-ornaments. Male figure at r. wearing a cloths. Raffia on roof of shrine. Ridges in walls around deity. Leopard at l., in front of three mud figures in shrine at l.. Medium: Albumen print.

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