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  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); profile portrait of an Indigenous Australian man, performing a dance out of doors; Queensland, Australia.
    Gelatin silver print

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC(late)-20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.8 centimetres
    • Width: 7.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        134 6
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Related information: The photographs in Oc,B132 were donated with a handwritten ethnography of Queensland Aborigines by W E Roth. The ethnography gives descriptions of the photographs in B132 and it appears that the photographs were once stuck onto the pages of the ethnographic accounts. The handwritten ethnographies and photographs were used in a series of bulletins written by Roth on North Queensland Ethnography. These printed bulletins, the photographs and the glass negatives of the photographs are all owned by the Australian Museum, who gained the material when Roth sold his collection to the museum.

    Related image: BM photographic unit copy of this image exists, Oc,CB132-9


  • Condition

    Glue residue in four points on the back of the image.

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 134
    • 6
Photograph (black and white); profile portrait of an Indigenous Australian man, performing a dance out of doors; Queensland, Australia.
Gelatin silver print



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