lantern slide (photographic)
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Photograph (black and white); lantern slide; three women posing in front of stone walls in a forest, perhaps for the purpose of having their portrait made; one of the women sits, two stand; Mua, Tonga.
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Height: 8.20 centimetres
Width: 8.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Related images: there are numerous images in the BM Pictorial collection from J J Lister; Oc,B51.4 is the same image.
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 Instiute of Great Britain and Ireland Vol.32 (1902) pp.81-88
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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Miscellaneous number: 16 (Series number)