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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,A39.200

  • Description

    Northern Sudan, large group of adult females, male and female children. Standing outdoors, wearing robes, clapping. Adult male dancing at centre, wearing robe and turban. Medium: gelatin silver print.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1909-1922 (?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.47 centimetres
    • Width: 10.81 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        Original Number: "105" [stamp on back of print]. Original Inscription: "DEPARTMENT OF ETHNOGRAPHY BRITISH MUSEUM" [stamp on back of print].
  • Curator's comments

    Main Themes of Album: northern Sudan - stone buildings and megaliths; portraits of nomads, some anthropometric; nomadic life including shelters, animal husbandry and a ceremony [wedding?]. Geography: Location and ethnic group suggested by B J Mack, 7/01/1997. Af,A39.159 is another image of the same scene. Circumstances: The Seligmans undertook ethnographic surveys in the 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: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 (Sri Lanka), 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,A39.200

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