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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A51.12

  • Description

    Picture of nine Sobo dancers. All of them are men. Wearing costumes consisting of patterned cloths around lower body, feather head-dresses, strings of dancing bells around waists, some wearing necklaces, body painting on chests. Some males holding goat skin fans. Albumen print.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1880-1905
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 14 centimetres (AF/A51/12)
    • Width: 20.4 centimetres (AF/A51/12)
    • Length: 12.7 centimetres (AF/CA51/12)
    • Width: 17.8 centimetres (AF/CA51/12)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        "Sobo Dancers. Warri" [manuscript on album page].
  • Curator's comments

    Fans made of cow-hide and felt, identified by N F Barley, 18/06/1997. Main Themes of Album: group portraits of colonial officials and local dignitaries; colonial settlements, buildings, boats and recreation;scenes of local life and group portraits of local people; military, religious and Jubilee processions and group portraits. Geography: Ibo suggested by N F Barley, 18/06/1997. Circumstances: [MEN-] PIC DOC 12.

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  • Condition

    Prints mounted with adhesive on card. Card bound into album with string and adhesive tape. Album disintegrating and pages falling out.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1970-1983

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum (?).

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,A51.12

  • Additional IDs

    • AF/CA51/12
Warri, Nigeria. Portrait of row of nine Sobo adult male "dancers". Males wearing costumes consisting of patterned cloths, some Ibo, around lower body, feather head-dresses, strings of bells around waists, some wearing necklaces, scarification on chests. Some males holding Benin style fans. Males standing on path, European fence at left, trees in background.
Medium: Albumen print.

Warri, Nigeria. Portrait of row of nine Sobo adult male "dancers". Males wearing costumes consisting of patterned cloths, some Ibo, around lower body, feather head-dresses, strings of bells around waists, some wearing necklaces, scarification on chests. Some males holding Benin style fans. Males standing on path, European fence at left, trees in background. Medium: Albumen print.

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