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  • Description

    Small group of adult females and children dancing in row. They wear woven grass or beads on their waists Medium: Gelatin silver print.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1946
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.3 centimetres
    • Width: 5.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        "AYU. TARI VILLAGE" [manuscript on back]; "Nigeria gift 19/9/46 Photographs by M.J.L. Victoria (of Burkuru, Bauchui Plateau 1946 Various tribes of Plateau Province, Nigeria. Kateri, Birom, Garawuri etc." [manuscript on paper accompanying photographs].
  • Curator's comments

    Geography: Uncertain whether Ayu is ethnic name. Tari not identified in sources.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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Small group of adult females and children dancing in row.
Medium: Gelatin silver print.

Small group of adult females and children dancing in row. Medium: Gelatin silver print.

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