photographic print(black and white)
- Museum number
Picture of two priests making a sacrifece of a chicken in Bonny. Two African men at centre holding chicken, preparing to cut its throat with knife. Small shelter made of leaves, cloth [?] behind males. Bowl beneath chicken, possibly to catch blood. Boy sitting at each side of bowl. Approximately eighteen male adults and two children behind central males. Males wearing cloths, several wearing body-paint.
Black and white.
- Production date
Length: 13.96 centimetres (AF/A50/86)
Length: 21.69 centimetres (AF/CA50/86)
Width: 20.45 centimetres (AF/A50/86)
Width: 17.73 centimetres (AF/CA50/86)
- Curator's comments
Cataloguer's Comment: the loose photographs and postcards donated by Lady Menendez were kept in boxes and envelopes.
Circumstances: [MEN-] PIC DOC 12.
Biography: Green was a Nigerian photographer working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. An archive of his negatives has recently been found in Port Harcourt. N F Barley, 04/06/1996.
This imnage is also found in the W.H. Himbiury album in the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsnian Institution, Washington, EEPA 1995-0024-056. The image is entitled: "Sacrificing system Bonny, fowl instead of Human Beings"
Small palm shelter probably houses the deity. Chalk markings on face worn by priests and diviners to designate their profession.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Copyright: British Museum (?).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AF/CA50/86