Jebel Gule sacred stone

Jebel Gule sacred stone
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
Date of Print:
Previous Other Number:
V.e.27 (709)

Accession Number:
One of the sacred soba stones at the base of the Gule massif, associated with the ancestral-mythical figure of Queen Soba, with votive offerings placed upon it. There were several such stones, this one at the base of the hill. Another spherical one around 18 inches in diameter was used as part of the initiation of new chiefs.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
1910 March - April
Blue Nile Jebel Gule
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
Ritual Object
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.e.27. Jebel Gule, part of rock Soba with votive offerings. (709)"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.a.27. Jebel Gule, part of rock Soba with votive offerings. (709). CGS"

Other Information:
The Soba stones are discussed in C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932) p.428-9.
Christopher Morton [14/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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