Shilluk shrine of Nyakang

Shilluk shrine of Nyakang
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
Date of Print:
Previous Other Number:
V.c.9 (299)

Accession Number:
Graphic designs painted on the exterior of the hut called Kwayo (Duwad) in which the Shilluk spirit of Nyakang, founder of the nation, was deemed to rest. The animal (including snake and others) and geometric designs on the exterior wall were made using white dots on a black base for aesthetic and perhaps by extension religious effect. The hut also had horns thrust into the earth near its entrance. The Seligmans were unclear as to any ritual or religious significance of the images.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Fenikang
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
Religion , Settlement , Graphic Art
Shrine , Building Religious
Manual Catalogue in Related Documents File
Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry - [1967.26] THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE, HOUGHTON STREET, ALDWYCH, LONDON, W.C.E. PER MR ANTHONY FORGE - SUDAN. Box containing 309 lantern slides (3 1/4” x 3 1/4”) made from photographs taken by the late Professor C. G. SELIGMAN in various parts of the SUDAN. All slides numbered and labelled. Catalogue in file (“Seligman Slide Collection”). Additional Accession Book Entry - [in pencil] 18 Parks Rd.

Manual catalogue entry (thermofax catalogue copy in folder '27-06 Seligman Slide Collection') - "V.c.9. Shilluk shrine at Fenikang showing wall paintings"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.c.9. Shilluk shrine at Fenikang showing wall paintings. 299"

Other Information:
In C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), page 78, they mention that 'In 1910 we were told that one of the five huts of the Fenikang shrine was in a special sense the house of Nyakang, which he was thought to inhabit. It was distinguished by a number of very rough paintings on its outer wall, some of which could be recognised as representing animals, but we could not learn that the paintings had any special significance.' Another view of the Kwayo, Duwad hut (although not showing designs) is reproduced as Plate VIIIa (facing page 80) in C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), with the caption "Fenikang, shrine of Nyakang in 1910, Kwayo (Duwad)"
Christopher Morton [11/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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