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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B113.109

  • Description

    Photograph (gelatin silver print) of a forest scene with a man in front of a shrine building in Matema island, Reef Islands, Temotu, Solomon Islands.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1906
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.2 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 20.2 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 18.9 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 24.3 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of image
      • Inscription Content

        GHOST HOUSE AT MATEMA- REEF ISLANDS 433-BEATTIE-HOBART.
      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically isncribed
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of mount
      • Inscription Content

        or(?) letterings
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of mount
      • Inscription Content

        225
        1002/18
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    The traditional name for a ghost house is a Maduka and the posts are called Duka, which represent the spirits; written about by Rev W. C. O'Ferrall, in "Melanesia: Santa Cruz and the Reef Islands" http://anglicanhistory.org/oceania/oferrall_santacruz1908/The BM Pictorial Collection owns a photographic print of this image; See Oc,B113.8.This photograph was made by John Watt Beattie in 1906 on a tour of the Melanesian Mission ship Southern Cross through Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
    Beattie published a catalogue of Pacific Islands photographs and wrote a journal which provides additional information about many of them. These and other relevant papers are published by Project Canterbury at www.anglicanhistory.org/oceania/beattie.
    When acquired by the British Museum, these photographs and the copy negatives made from them were catalogued in PicDoc93.

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  • Bibliography

    • Brown & Burt 2015 660 bibliographic details
    • Beattie 1909 cat.no. 433 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1990

  • Acquisition notes

    From a collection of about 900 photographs and 140 artefacts donated by the Melanesian Mission in 1991 while disposing of its collections and archives, then at Henley on Thames, facilitated by Ben Burt of the British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B113.109

  • Additional IDs

    • 433 (Beattie catalogue number)
Photograph (black and white); a man standing, leaning on a wooden carved post, Duka(?), outside a thatched roof ghost house, wearing a loin cloth and carrying a plant fibre undientified package; Matema, Solomon Islands.  Gelatin silver print

Photograph (black and white); a man standing, leaning on a wooden carved post, Duka(?), outside a thatched roof ghost house, wearing a loin cloth and carrying a plant fibre undientified package; Matema, Solomon Islands. Gelatin silver print

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