photographic print(black and white);
- Museum number
Glass negative (black and white); two large stones part of a langi (royal burial tomb) surrounded by trees and vegetation, a man stands next to them, placing one hand on one of the stones, and holding a knife in the other hand; he wears a patterned cloth shirt and a cloth wrap; Mua, Tonga.
- Production date
Height: 16.40 centimetres
Width: 12 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Related images: Oc,B42 through Oc,B55 all contain Joseph Jackson Lister donation images.
Exact image: Oc,G.T.1886
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
- Not on display
- Digital copy: saturation and levels adjusted
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 4/34 (Old BM Lister glass negative series number)