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photographic print / cabinet card

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B46.3

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); cabinet card; portrait of a woman sitting in a wooden chair in front of a wall made from lashed together sticks; she is wearing a top and skirt made of patterned cloth, with a plant fibre accessory around her waist, and she is holding a fan; the woman has elephanitis in her right arm; Tonga.
    Albumen print

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1889-1890
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.4 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 12 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 16.5 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 12.1 centimetres (mount)
  • Curator's comments

    Related images: Oc,B42 through Oc,B55 all contain Joseph Jackson Lister donation images. The glass negative for this print exists in the British Museum Pictorial Collection: Oc,G.N.1610.
    Exact image: Oc,B46.3, Oc,B54.11, Oc,B130.158.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1928

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B46.3

  • Additional IDs

    • Oc-G.N.-1610 (BM glass negative series number)
Photograph (black and white); cabinet card; a Tongan woman sitting in a wooden chair in front of a wall made from plant material; she is wearing a top and skirt made of patterned cloth, with a plant fibre accessory around her waist, and she is holding a Samoan fan; Tonga.
Albumen print

Photograph (black and white); cabinet card; a Tongan woman sitting in a wooden chair in front of a wall made from plant material; she is wearing a top and skirt made of patterned cloth, with a plant fibre accessory around her waist, and she is holding a Samoan fan; Tonga. Albumen print

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