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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A43.131

  • Description

    Kenya, crowd of Maragoli adult males dancing at a "funeral dance". Males wearing American clothing, dancing in pairs in "European fashion". Rural setting. Medium: Gelatin silver print.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1880-1938 (Earlier date uncertain.)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 13.05 centimetres
    • Width: 18 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        "Photographs of the Bantu-Kavirondo: [...] 133) Dancing in European fashion at a funeral dance. Maragoli. [...]" [typed on paper, ETH DOC 68; numbered description is part of a list relating to whole album].
  • Curator's comments

    Main themes of album: Kenya - portraits of Luyia men and women; their buildings and activities including construction, agriculture, trapping, food-preparation, metalworking, pottery-making and market scenes; initiation and funeral ceremonies including divination and music-making. Album contains 131 photographs. Circumstances: [WAG-] PIC DOC 16; [KUR-] PIC DOC 09.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1938

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,A43.131

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