lantern slide (photographic)
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Photograph (black and white); lantern slide; a group of five women and one man standing in the midst of a langi (ancient burial tomb) in the middle of a forest; 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.
Related images: Oc,B42 through Oc,B55 all contain Joseph Jackson Lister donation images. The glass negative for this image may exist in the BM Pictorial Collection.
Related image: Oc,B130.116 and Oc,B130.119 (some of the same women)
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 Institue 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: 20