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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B57.20

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); a large group of men and boys assembled outdoors; in the middle is a group of men performing a dance or ritual; the men who are performing wear variously, feather headdresses and headbands, some have their faces painted; some wear necklaces, they all have cloth wraps around their waists and hold decorated, ceremonial wands in their hands; the men and boys who are watching wear cloth wraps around their waists; Matty Island, Papua New Guinea.
    Gelatin silver print

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.3 centimetres
    • Width: 10.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        Maty Island
        Given by Lord Moyne
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    This image is part of a series of photographs in the BM Pictorial Collection; See Oc,B57-16 through to Oc,B57-20.
    The BM Pictorial Collection also owns an exact copy of this image; See Oc,B105.137, which has no accompanying informtation on acquisition or photographer.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    A collection of 20 images consisting of a mixture of small and large prints, depicting scenes in Rennell and Bellona Islands (Solomon Islands), New Guinea, and Sulawesi.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B57.20

Photograph (black and white); a large group of men and boys assembled outdoors; in the middle is a group of men performing a dance or ritual; the men who are performing wear variously, feather headdresses and headbands, some have their faces painted; some wear necklaces, they all have cloth wraps around their waists and hold decorated, ceremonial wands in their hands; the men and boys who are watching wear cloth wraps around their waists; Matty Island, Papua New Guinea.
Gelatin silver print

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