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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B114.110

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); group of men with one boy, and one child sitting on a log of wood outside; on the left is an adze, a plant fibre bag, a wooden comb, and a hat on the log of wood; the men are wearing nose and ear ornament, and shell necklaces; three of the men are smoking wooden pipes; the man sitting in the centre is wearing the largest shell necklace, a comb in his hair, and plant fibre arm ornaments, and is also holding a gun; the man standing behind him, his wearing plant fibres looped around his waist; the man on the far right is holding the child, and behind him are three wooden spears(?); north west Malaita, Solomon Islands.
    Gelatin silver print

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1906
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.15 centimetres
    • Width: 20.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        Hill men, Mala
        Bushmen (cannibals) Foate
        N.W. Malaita
        546
        Photo Beattie
        [measurements] 4 6 243R
        6/8603
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    The inscription states that this image was photographed in a place called "Foate" in Malaita, Solomon Islands, which has not been identified on a world map.

    The BM Pictorial Collection owns a photograph print of this image; See Oc,B114.108, Oc,B114.109.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 groin area of men. Missing - top & bottom right corners.

  • 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,B114.110

  • Additional IDs

    • 546 (Beattie catalogue number)
Photograph (black and white); group of men with one boy, and one child sitting on a log of wood outside; on the left is an adze, a plant fibre bag, a wooden comb, and a hat on the log of wood; the men are wearing nose and ear ornament, and shell necklaces; three of the men are smoking wooden pipes; the man sitting in the centre is wearing the largest shell necklace, a comb in his hair, and plant fibre arm ornaments, and is also holding a gun; the man standing behind him, his wearing plant fibres looped around his waist; the man on the far right is holding the child, and behind him are three wooden spears(?); north west Malaita, Solomon Islands.
Gelatin silver print

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