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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A35.122

  • Description

    Southern Sudan, three Nilotic adult males, possibly dancing. Male at centre wearing cloth or robe, belt, personal-ornaments, tufted hair, brandishing spear. Other two males wearing darker cloths or robes, brandishing sticks. Child [male or female?] in foreground at right, wearing animal-skin around lower body, personal-ornaments. Set in flat, sandy landscape. Medium: Gelatin silver print. Format: Streak of light across bottom of print.

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1909-1922 (?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10.8 centimetres
    • Width: 8.08 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        Original Number: "72" [stamp on back of print]. Original Inscription: "DEPARTMENT OF ETHNOGRAPHY BRITISH MUSEUM" [stamp on back of print].
  • Curator's comments

    Number from negative appears in reverse on print. Main Themes of Album: southern Sudan - scenes of village life including dances and other ceremonial events; portraits, mainly anthropometric; buildings and shrines including wall-paintings; objects including pots and weapons. Geography: Location and ethnic group suggested by B J Mack, 25/02/1997. Circumstances: The Seligmans undertook ethnographic surveys in Sudan in 1909-10, 1911-12 and 1921-22. Respectively, these journeys were north to south along the Nile and among the Nuba; east to west, including the Kababish of Kordofan and Beja of Red Sea Province; south and east of the Dinka, Bari and Lotuko speaking tribes (Seligman 1932, pp. xii-xiii). However, the Seligmans were not the only photographers on these expeditions, and they also collected photographs taken by other people. B J Mack, 6/01/1997. The Seligmans also made a collection of photographs of the Veddas of Ceylon, held in the Asia section of the British Museum Department of Ethnography Pictorial Archive. Objects collected by the Seligmans in both areas are also held by the Department of Ethnography.

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  • Bibliography

    • Myers 1941 bibliographic details
    • Firth 1975 bibliographic details
    • Seligman & Seligman 1932 pp xii-xiii bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,A35.122

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