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  • Description

    Kenya, full-length frontal portrait of adult male standing between two adult females. Male wearing American clothing and holding walking-stick. Females wearing cloths or animal-hides, personal-ornaments and head-gear. Medium: Black and white.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1850-1950 (?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 14 centimetres
    • Width: 8.9 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        "A Kibuya, Kenya" [manuscript on back]; "Xian [?] headman, mother [?] & youngest wife [?]" [second manuscript on back].
  • Curator's comments

    Main themes of album: East Africa - portraits, views, ceremonies and dances; European camps and expeditions; daily-life including cattle-keeping, food-preparation, metalwork and other crafts; objects and paintings. Album contains 146 photographs. Circumstances: [WAG-] PIC DOC 16; [BLA-] PIC DOC 17

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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