Shilluk shrine of Nyakang

Shilluk shrine of Nyakang
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
small crack urh corner [Chris Morton 15/10/2004]
Date of Print:
Previous Other Number:
V.e.32 (288)

Accession Number:
One of the ten shrine enclosures of the founder of the Shilluk nation, Nyakang, at Fenikang. This site, one of the two most important Nyakang shrines, was visited by the Seligmans in 1910, and consisted at that time of five huts with apexs decorated with ostrich shells and spear blades, also sheltering other important objects as well as shrine-keepers. The shrines took the form of Shilluk homesteads since they were considered to be the homes of Nyakang. The hut shown here (called Kwayo or Duwad) was considered the particular hut that Nyankang inhabited, with a number of sacrificed cattle horns thrust into the earth outside the door.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Fenikang
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - Reproduced as Plate VIII Fig.1 (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)" [CM 2/9/2005]
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
Religion , Settlement
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.e.32 Shilluk shrine at Fenikang, showing elephant tusks. (288)"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.e.32 Shilluk shrine at Fenikang, showing elephant tusks. 288"
Other Information:
Suggested dates for the images are based upon a summary of the Seligman diary entries compiled by Dr Fran Larson in the related documents file. [Chris Morton 1/10/2004]
Christopher Morton [15/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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