Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940)

View photographs by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton.

Powell-Cotton rose to the rank of Major in the 5th Battalion the Northumberland Fusiliers, and travelled widely in Asia and Africa between 1887 and 1939, engaging in 28 expeditions to collect zoological and ethnographic specimens. He became a fellow of the Zoological Society, the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

He travelled in Southern Sudan during 1932-1933.

During their expeditions Powell-Cotton and his wife Hannah made fieldnotes and took numerous photographs. From the 1920s he also recorded many of the cultures encountered using cine film. The Powell-Cotton's home, Quex Park in Kent, was made into a museum of their collections following their deaths.

Scope of the collection:

14 prints (1998.207.3.1 - .14) relating to setting of a Dinka animal trap and Lango spear straightening, possibly stills printed from a cine-film, annotated on the reverse, intended to provide contextual information about the object's usage, the trap itself also being donated to the Museum.

1 print of a Moru man with bow and arrow (1998.207.3.14), mounted on a wooden board for display next to an archer's hide accessory (1934.8.34).

Reverse of 1998.207.3.5 with inscription, "No 5. Dinka Animal Trap. Showing Bow A resting in depression in ground. Fanamweir, Sudan 1933"
Reverse of 1998.207.3.6 with inscription, "No 6. Dinka Animal Trap. Straining over C. to engage in loop G on E. Fanamweir, Sudan 1933"
Reverse of 1998.207.3.7 with inscription "No 7. Dinka Animal Trap. Lashing C and J together with the piece of string attached to J. Fanamweir, Sudan 1933"
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