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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B53.20

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); a man standing on the deck of a boat or ship; he wears a wreath of plant material in his hair, a necklace made of seeds and a bark cloth wrap around his waist; he has one hand on some ship's apparatus, and has a fly whisk in the other hand; Samoa (?).
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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1889-1890
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14.8 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 10 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 23.4 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 19 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of mount
      • Inscription Content

        5-22
      • Inscription Comment

        black ink, handwritten
  • Curator's comments

    Related images: Oc,B42 through Oc,B55 all contain Joseph Jackson Lister donation images. The glass negative for this image is in the BM Pictorial Collection: Oc,G.N.1635.
    The man in this image is believed to be Samoan, from Pago Pago as indicated by the inscription in Oc,G.N.1756. Furthermore, it is unclear whether the man's name is Naonao (indicated in inscription Oc,G.N.1756) or whether this refers to the Samoan meaning: to feel for, as for fishes in holes, by introducing the arm.

    The same man appears to be in Oc,B43.8, Oc,B46.9, Oc,B46.15, Oc,B51.17, Oc,B51.18, Oc,B53.20, Oc,B130.133, Oc,B130.171, Oc,B130.190.

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  • Condition

    Acid burn on back of mount from print mounted on the front; spotting all over print, likely due to original chemical processing.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1928

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B53.20

  • Additional IDs

    • 5-22 (photographic series number)
    • Oc-G.N.-1635 (BM glass negative number)
Photograph (black and white); portrait of a woman against a textured shiny backdrop; she wears a plant fibre top and girdle, and a bark-cloth wrap around her waist; Polynesia.
Platinum print

Photograph (black and white); portrait of a woman against a textured shiny backdrop; she wears a plant fibre top and girdle, and a bark-cloth wrap around her waist; Polynesia. Platinum print

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