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  • Description

    French Equatorial Africa, view of dance. Large group of adult males dancing in row. Wearing personal-ornaments including buttock-ornaments, some holding sticks, some wearing dresses and head-cloths, one holding umbrella at right. Male child standing beside young child in foreground. Outdoor setting, circular thatched-roof buildings in background. Medium: Gelatin silver print.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1938
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10.3 centimetres
    • Width: 12.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        "Dance at Bakala. between Bambori + Fort Gampel AEF 1938" [manuscript on back]; "90" [second manuscript on back].
  • Curator's comments

    Geography: Bakala, Bambori and Fort Gampel not identified in sources. Circumstances: [BYR-] PIC DOC 49. Part of a collection including Asian photographs as well as Af,CA56.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: Mr A Byron reserves copyright when images used outside the British Museum (see [BYR-] PIC DOC 49).

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • AF/CA56/90

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