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Portrait of a adult female seated in front of a painted backdrop. Wearing a sari [?] possibly made of silk, metal personal-ornaments including nose-ornaments, ear-ornaments, wrist-ornaments, arm-ornaments, neck-ornaments, rings. Holding a fan, possibly made of a pandanus leaf. Albumen print.
- 1875-1895 (?)
- Made in: South Africa
- (Africa,South Africa)
- Length: 20.29 centimetres
- Width: 15.2 centimetres
Inscription ContentFront flyleaf: "British Museum. Dept. of Ethnography. South Africa. Zulu = Swazi: etc." [note in ink]; "From collection of the late E. T. McCarthy Esq., Purchased 1942. Photographs date from about 1880-1890?" [note in pencil]. Page title: "Coolis-Women Natal" [manuscript note on album card].
Cataloguer's comments: Some information provided by Margaret Carey, 16/03/1995. Album contains 90 photographs by various photographers. Main themes of album: Views of Cape Town, Johanesburg and Pretoria, of Kimberley diamond mines, of scenes in Transvaal and Natal, and studio portraits. Circumstances: [MCC-] PIC DOC 03.
Album has broken covers, pages are fragile and some are breaking at the edges.
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Object reference number: EPF693
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