Portrait of a Zande man

Portrait of a Zande man
104 x 78 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
2 (190) [frame 10]

Accession Number:
A full length portrait of a man (identified as Bitarangba) wearing a straw hat and carrying traveller's shoulder bag. He has been mutilated in the past, both hands having been removed (there is a possibility that his ears have been mutilated also). Such acts were carried out in pre-colonial times, often on suspicion of adultery.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1927 - 1930
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - Reproduced as Plate V (facing page 315) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's The Azande (OUP 1971) with the caption "Bitarangba. (Showing mutilation of wrists)". [CM 18/8/2005]
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Clothing Headgear , Punishment and Torture
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
PRM Accession Records - [1966.27.21] G PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - S. SUDAN, AZANDE TRIBE. Box of negatives in envelopes. Nos. 1 - 400
Added Accession Book Entry - [In pencil in column] Catalogue room.
[1966.27.23] G PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - S. SUDAN, AZANDE TRIBE. Box of prints in envelopes, nos. 1 - 400 (prints of negatives in 1966.27.21)

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Zande Photographs (E-P)"] - 292. Bitarangba. (Showing mutilation of wrists). 2 (190)

Notes on print/mount - "[publisher's measurements]"
Other Information:
Archive note - The negative and two prints for this image were part of a group of objects returned to the museum on 15/12/2003 from Oxford University Press. They had evidently been transferred to OUP in 1971 in preparation for their publication in The Azande, and had remained in the archive there until enquiries were made by Chris Morton in 2003 since they were missing from the collection. Email correspondence: "From Anne Ashby, 12 Dec 2003. to Chris Morton. Dear Chris, I am very happy to be able to let you know that (miraculously) our senior designer Sue Tipping has searched the archives and found the Azande photographs and negatives. We have also discovered an envelope of photographs labeled 'Witchcraft Oracles and Magic Among the Azande'. My paperback reprint (1993) contains no photographs, but I suppose that the photographs must have appeared in the original hardback? What is the safest way to hand these over to you? I could send them around to the PRM by messenger, or alternatively you might like to collect them yourself. Best wishes, Anne Ashby, Editor, Academic and Professional, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street Oxford." Note that the envelope of Azande prints mentioned in the letter has also been accessioned into the collections as a separate collection. [Chris Morton 15/12/2003]
Christopher Morton 15/12/2003 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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