Jebel Gule drums

Jebel Gule drums
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
Date of Print:
Previous Other Number:
V.g.42 (479)

Accession Number:
Two skin-covered gourd or pottery drums with a beater, photographed in a Gule village, possibly on the lower slopes of the steep sided massif, rising some 1,000 feet out of the Blue Nile plain, and with a circumference of some five miles. The Seligman's visited this location during their 1910 expedition to make investigations into physical anthropology as well as aracheology.
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
Musical Instrument Drum
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.42. Jebel Gule. Old drums (479)"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.g.42. Jebel Gule. Old drums. CGS 479"

Other Information:
The Seligman's visited Jebel Gule in 1910, who said of the place that 'all that remain of its former greatness are two small settlements of people who call themselves Fung and appear to be generally known as Hameg...[a]t the time of our visit in 1910 the Gule language was disappearing rapidly; the settlement had been decimated by the Khalifa's forces and the young men and women had all been killed or taken captive, so that the population consisted of elderly men who had escaped, and having procured young wives had returned to their village. The children were growing up to speak Arabic only.' in C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932) p.416-8. [Chris Morton 29/9/2004] The ethnologue gives Gule as the correct (although extinct) term for Fung. [Chris Morton 29/9/2004] 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 [21/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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