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Southern Sudan, destruction of Dengkur pyramid of Ngundeng, a Nuer prophet. Large pile of earth and stones. Line of Nuer adults and two European adult males walking and standing on top of pile.
Medium: Gelatin silver print.
Format: Number from negative appears in reverse on print.
- Production date
- 1909-1922 (?)
Length: 12.66 centimetres
Width: 17.78 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Seligman & Seligman (1932) discusses Ngundeng and the pyramid, and depicts the pyramid when complete. T Cotterill, 4/03/1997.
Main Themes of Album: Sudan - archaeological excavation of a human skeleton; hole or cave in ground; rural scenes; derelict stone buildings and structures; adult females preparing grain; portraits, some anthropometric; destruction of Dengkur stone pyramid.
Circumstances: The photograph may have been taken after 1932 as the destruction of the pyramid is not mentioned in Seligman & Seligman (1932).
The Seligmans undertook ethnographic surveys in Sudan in 1909-10, 1911-12 and 1921-22. Respectively, these journeys were north to south along the Nile and among the Nuba; east to west, including the Kababish of Kordofan and Beja of Red Sea Province; south and east of the Dinka, Bari and Lotuko speaking tribes (Seligman 1932, pp. xii-xiii). However, the Seligmans were not the only photographers on these expeditions, and they also collected photographs taken by other people. B J Mack, 6/01/1997.
The Seligmans also made a collection of photographs of the Veddas of Ceylon, held in the Asia section of the British Museum Department of Ethnography Pictorial Archive. Objects collected by the Seligmans in both areas are also held by the Department of Ethnography.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Copyright: British Museum.
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