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postcard / photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B114.11

  • Description

    Photograph postcard (black and white); portrait of three men; the man on the far left is wearing flowers in his hair, ear ornaments, a cloth scarf tied around his neck, a cloth buttoned top, and a plant fibre arm ornament, with pipe tucked in; the man in the centre is wearing a shell headband, a plant fibre head piece, ear ornaments, and a beaded necklace; the man on the right is wearing ear ornaments and has a raised area of hair on his head; Malaita, Solomon Islands.
    Gelatin silver print

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1906
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.8 centimetres
    • Width: 13.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        POST CARD
        The Address only to be
        written here
        Printed
        in
        Britain
        Published by The Melanesian Missiom
      • Inscription Comment

        printed
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of image
      • Inscription Content

        17 MEN OF ROAS, MALA
      • Inscription Comment

        printed
  • Curator's comments

    The BM Pictorial Collection owns a photographic print of this image; See Oc,B114.10.
    The Inscription states that this image is of a boy from Roas Bay. The place Roas Bay has not been identified on any world map, but it is known that this is on Malaita, Solomon Islands.The BM Pictorial Collection owns a lantern slide of this image: Oc,G.T.1978This 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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Beattie 1909 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1990

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B114.11

  • Additional IDs

    • 17
    • 502 (Beattie catalogue number)
Photograph (black and white); portrait of three men; the man on the far left is wearing flowers in his hair, ear ornaments, a cloth scarf tied around his neck, a cloth buttoned top, and a plant fibre arm ornament, with pipe tucked in; the man in the centre is wearing a shell headband, a plant fibre head piece, ear ornaments, and a beaded necklace; the man on the right is wearing ear ornaments and has a raised area of hair on his head; Malaita, Solomon Islands.
Gelatin silver print

Photograph (black and white); portrait of three men; the man on the far left is wearing flowers in his hair, ear ornaments, a cloth scarf tied around his neck, a cloth buttoned top, and a plant fibre arm ornament, with pipe tucked in; the man in the centre is wearing a shell headband, a plant fibre head piece, ear ornaments, and a beaded necklace; the man on the right is wearing ear ornaments and has a raised area of hair on his head; Malaita, Solomon Islands. Gelatin silver print

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