photographic print(black and white)
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Photograph (black and white); a man and a woman beside a langi (ancient burial tomb) with large blocks of stone; forest visible in the background; Mua, Tonga.
Gelatin silver print
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Height: 11 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Related images: Oc,B42 through Oc,B55 all contain Joseph Jackson Lister donation images.
The BM Pictorial Collection owns a glass negative os this image: Oc,G.N.1723.
The area of Mu'a in Tongatapu is well-known for its ancient langi (royal burial tombs), of which this image is one of. It is also associated with the Ha'amonga-a-Maui at Heketa on Tongatapu, the residence of the Tu'i Tonga (of divine origin) for two generations. The earliest monument associated with a named person in Tongan tradition, its builder, Tu'itatui, probably in the eleventh century A.D.
Campbell, I.C. (1991) "Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern", Canterbury University press, p.31
Thomson, B. (1902) "Notes upon the antiquities of Tonga", in The Journal of the Anthopological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Vol.32 (1902) pp.81-88
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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Miscellaneous number: 72 (print batch number(?))
Miscellaneous number: Oc-G.N.-1723 (BM glass negative series number)