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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,B67.17

  • Description

    Kenya [?], medium group of Kikuyu [?] adults [all male?] standing in row outdoors, holding hands. Possibly dancing. Males wearing cloths around lower bodies, beaded waist-ornaments, strap of cowrie-shells across shoulder and back, neck-ornaments, arm-ornaments made of metal rings. Tree in background. Medium: Sepia; gelatin silver print?

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1880-1950 (?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 8.45 centimetres
    • Width: 8.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        "Kenya and Zanzibar" [manuscript on paper accompanying photographs].
  • Curator's comments

    Circumstances: One of a series of photographs in the same format, Af,B67.17-20.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum?

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,B67.17

Kenya [?], medium group of Kikuyu [?] adults [all male?] standing in row outdoors, holding hands. Possibly dancing. Males wearing cloths around lower bodies, beaded waist-ornaments, strap of cowrie-shells across shoulder and back, neck-ornaments, arm-ornaments made of metal rings. Tree in background.
Medium: Sepia; gelatin silver print?

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