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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A69.26

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white) from an album; scene of "crowning of a native king". Crowd of male and female adults and children. Watching costumed stilt-dancer at centre. Crowd wearing cloths and tunics. European adult male at centre. Large, circular thatched-roof building at centre. Structure of poles at right. Sierra Leone. Albumen print.

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1888-1889 (or earlier)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10.6 centimetres
    • Width: 15.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        "WILLIAM VIVIAN, U.M.F. CHURCHES. WV FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE. 1889. S.H.A. CASE FECIT." [manuscript on title page of album]; "I CROWNING OF A NATIVE KING ON THE BULLUM SHORE THE MAMACPARRAH DANCER" [manuscript on album page].
  • Curator's comments

    Main Themes of Album: Group portraits, some taken at indigenous events and missions; European mission and indigenous buildings; studio portraits of people in indigenous costume. Number of Photographs in Album: 34. Geography: Bullum not identified in sources. Other images in album depict Ghana and Sierra Leone. Circumstances: [VIV-] PIC DOC 75. Biography: Unclear whether Vivian is photographer or just maker of album.

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  • Condition

    Image attached to acidic [?] album page.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1982

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum?

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,A69.26

Sierra Leone, scene of "crowning of a native king". Crowd of male and female adults and children. Watching costumed stilt-dancer at centre. Crowd wearing cloths and tunics. European adult male at centre. Large, circular thatched-roof building at centre. Structure of poles at right.
Medium: Albumen print.

Sierra Leone, scene of "crowning of a native king". Crowd of male and female adults and children. Watching costumed stilt-dancer at centre. Crowd wearing cloths and tunics. European adult male at centre. Large, circular thatched-roof building at centre. Structure of poles at right. Medium: Albumen print.

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