photographic print(black and white)
- Museum number
Photograph (black and white), from an album; view of a chief and his wives. All wear traditional Bonny attire, and the women wear bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and have elaborately styled hair. A row of children are seated on the ground in front of the adults. Bonny
- Production date
Length: 14.20 centimetres (AF/A46/80)
Width: 20.38 centimetres (AF/A46/80)
- Curator's comments
At least 12 of Green's photographs feature a chief surrounded by his wives, sisters, children and slaves - indicating his status. As Anderson and Aronson (2017) state " Positioning of figures, as well as displays of women's adornments, communicates the chief's standing - particularly in relation to the women and children in his household - in Green's group portrait of Chief Orugne Abbey Hart. The most important woman of the household, either a wife or sister, sits next to the head of the household. Those of lower status, such as the wives of slaves are always in the back row, and children - most particularly, the potential heir(s) to the throne - are always seated on the ground in front (p:140)
Albums Af,A46 and Af,A47 were originally in one album containing 176 photographs.
Main themes of album: Views of indigenous and European settlements, trading stations, roads, and Christian cemeteries. Portraits of European and indigenous people.
- Not on display
- Print torn on bottom edge.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Copyright: British Museum (?).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AF/CA46/80