Photograph (black and white); of a man crouching, wearing a comb, a cowrie-row head-band, a crescent pendant with glass bead and money-bead necklaces, conus ring on the arm, string of glass beads below the knee, and holding a large plaited bag; Malaita, Solomon Islands.
Gelatin silver print
- Photographed in: Makira
- (Oceania,Melanesia,Solomon Islands,Makira (San Cristoval))
- Height: 20 centimetres (image)
- Width: 15 centimetres (image)
- Height: 20.3 centimetres (mount)
- Width: 15.3 centimetres (mount)
Inscription Positionback of mount
Inscription Commenthandwritten in pencil
Inscription Positionfront of image
Inscription ContentA NATIVE OF MALAITA, SOLOMON GROUP. 500-BEATTIE-HOBART.
Inscription Commentphotochemically inscribed
The BM Pictorial Collection owns a photographic print of this image; See Oc,B114.8.Although captioned A NATIVE OF MALAITA, this man appears in another photograph captioned NATIVES OF SAN CRISTOVAL, which is described as '480 Men of Heuru (Group 3, with canoe behind)' in Beattie's own catalogueThis photograph was made by John Watt Beattie in 1906 on a tour of the Melanesian Mission ship Southern Cross through Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
Beattie published a catalogue of Pacific Islands photographs and wrote a journal which provides additional information about many of them. These and other relevant papers are published by Project Canterbury at www.anglicanhistory.org/oceania/beattie.
When acquired by the British Museum, these photographs and the copy negatives made from them were catalogued in PicDoc93.
- Associated with: Malaita
- (Oceania,Melanesia,Solomon Islands,Malaita)
From a collection of about 900 photographs and 140 artefacts donated by the Melanesian Mission in 1991 while disposing of its collections and archives, then at Henley on Thames, facilitated by Ben Burt of the British Museum.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- 500 (Beattie catalogue number)
Photograph (black and white); portrait of a man crouching, wearing a shell headband, a semi-circular disc shell necklace, an arm ornament, a leg ornament, a wooden comb in his hair, and holding a plant fibre bag; Malaita, Solomon Islands. Gelatin silver print
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Object reference number: EPF96500
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