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Tony Atkinson

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  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Tony Atkinson
  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); three women performing a Gilbertese ceremonial dance, by moving their hips and holding their arms up at shoulder height; a group of men standing behind, singing; the women are wearing plant fibre skirts, necklaces and headbands; the men are wearing bark cloth wraps with belts, plant fibre necklaces and plant fibre headbands; Bairiki, Kiribati.
    Gelatin silver print


  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 25th March 1959
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12.7 centimetres
    • Width: 17.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in black ink on yellow label
  • Curator's comments

    Context: This image was photographed between 2100-2300 hrs (see PicDoc 259).

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  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The British Museum made photographic prints from original negatives in Mr T Atkinson's collection. The images depict HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's state visit to Kiribati (Gilbert and Ellice Islands) from 25th March - 5th April 1959. The BM has assigned copyright of these images.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 42 (BM photographic series number)

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