Mandari (Tsera) homestead

Mandari (Tsera) homestead
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
Date of Print:
Previous Other Number:
V.g.17 (451)

Accession Number:
A homestead of the Tsera (called Shir by Seligman) sub-group of Mandari living on both sides of the Nile bank, with a number of reed-thatched shelters visible. To the left is a small four-corner shelter with a conical grass shelter above, possibly a grave-shrine in similar manner to the Acholi kac, with a platform beneath, possibly for sacrifical offerings.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Bahr el Jebel [vicinity of Nile]
Mandari (Tsera)
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
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.g.17. Shir village (451)"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.g.17. Shir village. 451. CGS."

Other Information:
Ethnologue suggests that Shir should be treated as an alternative name within the Mandari language group, although they are separated by Seligman (1932). Tucker (1935) also distinguishes them, suggesting that they are an offshoot of the Mandari. They are undoubtedly closely related however. [Chris Morton 15/10/2004]
Christopher Morton [19/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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