photographic print(black and white)
- Museum number
Photograph (black and white); two men crouching down on the sand, facing one another, taking part in an initiation dance ceremony; the man on the left is wearing a pair of cloth wraps with a large cassowary tail feather tucked in at the back; the man on the right is also wearing a cloth wrap with a large cassowary tail feather tucked into the back; in the background are three men and a child, looking at the camera; further in the background is a group of people sitting beside a long bamboo fence; Mer, Torres Strait Islands.
- Production date
Height: 14.60 centimetres (image)
Height: 30.40 centimetres (mount)
Width: 10.20 centimetres (image)
Width: 25.30 centimetres (mount)
- Curator's comments
This photograph is part of a series of photographs taken on Alfred Haddon's trip in the summer of 1888 to the Torres Straits Islands. Many of these images were taken back to the Torres Straits Islands as lantern slides, as part of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Strait 1898-1899. Dr McNab created a list of Haddon's 1888 photographs, giving captions and numbers to the photographs.
Related image: British Museum copy print of this image exists, with the Museum of Mankind photographic series number: MM027055.
The Cambridge Museum own a glass negative of this image:
Inscription: "Mer. Dog dance (2 men only). 25. 62. 33"
Context: (The dance:) i"s mentioned in the Journal (1888: 108). A drawing by Haddon's brother, Trevor, of this image was published (1893: Plate XII, fig. 2). "
Although the number "27" on the mount of the BM print does not correspond with the Cambridge numbers found on their database - it is clearly the same image.
- Not on display
- Black marks - from printing process.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 27 (Haddon photographic series number (1888))
Miscellaneous number: MM027055 (Museum of Mankind photographic series number)