Portrait of a crowd at a ceremony standing in a yard surrounded by corrugated iron buildings. Row of women at front of crowd, wearing cloths, dresses, head-gear, neck-ornaments. Large umbrella held above heads of women in centre of crowd. Man at left appears to by playing a wind-instrument. Wearing a shirt, waist-cloth, head-gear. Boy in front of women at right holding an elephant tusk. What appears to be a mirror in a frame held up at back of crowd. Albumen print.
- Made in: Bonny
- Length: 13.65 centimetres (AF/A46/70)
- Width: 19.8 centimetres (AF/A46/70)
Inscription ContentAlbum Title: "1st BENIN. WARRI. & SAPELE. 2nd NEW CALABAR. BONNY. OPOBO & QUA COUNTRY." [manuscript note on album paper]. Original Description: "Long John's Play Bonny" [manuscript note on album paper]; "Long John's Play. This is really a dancing & drinking bout to help the dead Chief on his way up." [manuscript note on back of print]; "J. A. Green, Artist Photographer, Bonny, Opobo, &c., &c." [stamp on back of print].
Cataloguer's comment: Albums Af,A46 and Af,A47 were originally in one album containing 176 photographs. photographs. Main themes of album: Views of indigenous and European settlements, trading stations, roads, and Christian cemeteries. Portraits of European and indigenous people. Geography: Long John was a ruler of Bonny. N F Barley, 04/06/1996. Biography: Green was a Nigerian photographer active in the late nineteenth century. An archive of his negatives has been located in Port Harcourt. N F Barley, 04/06/1996.
Copyright: British Museum (?).
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
Portrait of a crowd of adult and children males and females at a ceremony standing in a yard surrounded by corrugated iron buildings. Row of adult females at front of crowd, wearing cloths, dresses, head-gear, neck-ornaments. Large umbrella held above heads of females in centre of crowd. Adult male at l., appears to by playing a wind-instrument. Wearing a shirt, waist-cloth, head-gear. Male child in front of females at r., holding an elephant tusk [?]. What appears to be a mirror in a frame held up at back of crowd. Medium: Albumen print.
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Object reference number: EPF3098
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