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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af,B9.14

  • Description

    Egypt, adult male "warrior" wearing cloth, trousers, neck-ornament [amulet?] and bead necklace. Holding stick in each hand. Street setting with European [?] wall and gate in background. Medium: Black and white. Gelatin silver print. Format: Print mounted on card.

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC(late)-20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 16.72 centimetres
    • Width: 11.61 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Content

        Box Title: "Sudan, Ethiopia, Somaliland" [manuscript note on box]. Original Description: "Ahmed, a chief of the Bisharin [?] Assouan, Upper Egypt." [manuscript note on back of card mount]; "T. C. S Speedy" [signature on back of print].
  • Curator's comments

    Main Themes of Box: Rural life in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somaliland, including shelters, boat, shrine; paintings on exterior wall of a shelter; aerial photographs of a settlement; portraits of Somali chief and warrior. Warrior is Arab nomad. Suggested by E Kurimoto, (NME, Osaka) 31/01/1996. Geography: European ethnic group suggested by T Cotterill, 20/11/1996. Arab ethnic group suggested by E Kurimoto, (NME, Osaka), 31/01/1996. Circumstances: [KUR-] PIC DOC 09.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Copyright: British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af,B9.14

Egypt, adult male "warrior" wearing cloth, trousers, neck-ornament [amulet?] and bead necklace. Holding stick in each hand. Street setting with European [?] wall and gate in background.
Medium: Black and white. Gelatin silver print.
Format: Print mounted on card.

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