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photographic print

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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1875-1895 (?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 20.29 centimetres
    • Width: 15.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Front 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].
  • Curator's comments

    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.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Album has broken covers, pages are fragile and some are breaking at the edges.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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