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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B114.101

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); group of four men and a boy standing in a village with thatched roof buildings; on the right is a thatched roof building on stilts; in the centre behind the men is a ceremonial shelter(?) between two palm trees, with a thatched roof covering held up by vertical logs of wood; the man standing on the far left is wearing a loin cloth, and a pipe tucked into a plant fibre arm ornament; the man standing, second from the left is carrying a plant fibre bag; stone wall partially visible in background; north west Malaita, Solomon Islands.
    Gelatin silver print

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1906
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.1 centimetres
    • Width: 20.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        543
        Mala
        The Cannibal Village of Foate.
        Log July/26
        4 1/4"
        5876
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil, black ink and blue pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of image
      • Inscription Content

        VILLAGE OF FOATE - N.W. MALAITA. SOLOMONS. 543-BEATTIE-HOBART
      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically inscribed
  • Curator's comments

    Related image: Oc,G.T.2074 a hand-coloured lantern slide.This 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
  • Condition

    Black ink used to cover the groin area of central man.

  • 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,B114.101

  • Additional IDs

    • 543 (Beattie catalogue number)
    • 5876
Photograph (black and white); group of four men and a boy standing in a village with thatched roof buildings; on the right is a thatched roof building on stilts; in the centre behind the men is a ceremonial shelter(?) between two palm trees, with a thatched roof covering held up by vertical logs of wood; the man standing on the far left is wearing a loin cloth, and a pipe tucked into a plant fibre arm ornament; the man standing, second from the left is carrying a plant fibre bag; stone wall partially visible in background; north west Malaita, Solomon Islands.
Gelatin silver print

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