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Kenya, full-length profile portrait of Luo adult male standing outdoors. Male holding stick, wearing bead neck-ornament, animal-hide on back, bead neck-ornaments, ear-ornaments, metal [?] wrist-ornaments, head-ornaments pf "hippo teeth". Rural setting. Medium: Gelatin silver print.
- 1900-1950 (?)
- Made in: Kenya
- Length: 12.45 centimetres
- Width: 9.85 centimetres
Inscription Content"Ja Luo: Lego [?] tribe. Adult [?] male Note string of iron beads round waist, called Yatakka & hippo teeth ornaments on head." [manuscript on back].
Main themes of album: Kenya - portraits of men, women and children, many in ceremonial costume, including warriors with shields, spears and head-dresses. Album contains 81 photographs. Circumstances: ETH DOC 21 is a list of Hobley's photographs, but unclear whether it relates to this album. Biography: During his career Hobley was Senior Provincial Commissioner of the Kenya Colony; worked for the East Africa Protectorate Service; was Sub Commissioner of the Uganda Protectorate; C.M.G., M.R.ANTHROP.INST., C.M.Z.S, ASSOC.M.INST.C.E..
'Lego' in inscription almost certainly refers to Alego region in western Kenya, rather than tribe.
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Object reference number: EPF5829
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