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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B125.48

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); portrait of a man, Moefa'auo, in front of a neutral backdrop; he wears a wasekaseka or waseisei (whale tooth necklace), an ula fala (necklace of pandanus keys), a bark cloth wrap decorated with geometric patterns and woven mats; he has a to'oto'o (orator's staff) in one hand and a fue (fly brush) in the other; Samoa.
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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18.4 centimetres
    • Width: 13.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        Uo Uo
        A Samoan orator.
      • Inscription Comment

        black ink, handwritten
  • Curator's comments

    Related image: another image of Moefa'auo can be found on the internet, <http://www.samoa.co.uk/samoa-islands-1-p29.html> (accessed 29/08/08), taken in 1901 by Dr. Augustin Kramer.

  • Condition

    Some fading, creasing and foxing; loss along upper edge.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2006

  • Acquisition notes

    Donated Photograph collection belonging to her father, Charles Martin Moore, which is delineated in an exchange of letters (see PicDoc). This donation inclusive of copyright.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B125.48

Photograph (black and white); portrait of a man, Moefa'auo, in front of a neutral backdrop; he wears a wasekaseka or waseisei (whale tooth necklace), an ula fala (necklace of pandanus keys), a bark cloth wrap decorated with geometric patterns and woven mats; he has a to'oto'o (orator's staff) in one hand and a fue (fly brush) in the other; Samoa.
Albumen print

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