Lotuko funerary ritual object

Lotuko funerary ritual object
82 x 82 mm | Lantern slide glass
82 x 82 mm
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A Lotuko mortuary ritual object, known as nametere. This particular one was made as a reproduction for the Seligmans to record. The nametere is made after death to 'represent' the deceased at a series of funerary ritual dances, after which it is destroyed by those who made it. It is made from a bundle of dry grass wrapped in lengths of bamboo. The Seligmans visited Lotuko country in the early part of 1922, and according to their diary they travelled between these villages by bicycle.
Charles Gabriel Seligman
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Eastern Equatoria Tarangole
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - A drawing of this nametere is reproduced as Fig 22 (page 336) in C.G. & B.Z. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), with the caption "Nametere". [CM 2/9/2005]
PRM Source:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Donated 1967
Other Owners:
C. G. Seligman slide collection
Death , 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.h.30. Nametere - cult object of the Lotuko"

Note on lantern slide ms ink - "V.h.30. 'Nametere' (cult object of the Lotuko). CGS."
Christopher Morton [25/10/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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