Portrait of a Zande man

Portrait of a Zande man
104 x 78 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.341.459.1 - Negative film nitrate , (104 x 78 mm)
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
52 2 (+44)

Accession Number:
A three-quarter length portrait of a man (identified as a man of the Bukuru people), standing next to a grass-walled hut wearing a feathered straw hat. One branch of the Bukuru (Babukur) people lived under Avongara suzerainty as a subject people in the Sueh valley to the north of Yambio. Such peoples were considered Azande although were further designated auro or outsiders.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1927 - 1928
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
Zande (Bukuru)
Photographs from the film numbered "52 2" are published in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's article "Oracle Magic of the Azande" Sudan Notes and Records , Vol.XI, 1928, thereby providing a terminus ante quem. [CM 10/10/2005]
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Clothing Headgear
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)"] - 459. Bukuru type. +44

Notes on print/mount - There is a partly obscured pencil note on the print reverse which indicates that the first part of the film number should be 52/2, the +44 being obscured by a corner tape.

Other Information:
The Bukuru (also spelt elsewhere in the handlist Bakuru) people are almost certainly the (A)buguru or Babukur people mentioned in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's The Azande (OUP 1971), in particular on p.35 where he states 'Another people now completely under Zande domination are the Bantu Abuguru (Babukur), though they still speak Liguru as well as Zande. One section of them occupies the crest of the Nile-Congo divide between the eastern sources of the Sueh and the sources of the Meridi, and another occupies a stretch of country in the valley of the Sueh to the north of Yambio, the Azande having driven a wedge between the two sections...they were first subjugated by Renzi and Bazingbi, sons of Yapati.' In C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932, page 464) a table of physical measurements is presented that indicates that Evans-Pritchard supplied them with, amongst others, cephalic index data for five individuals of the Bukuru people. It is possible that the individual in this image was measured as part of E-P's data gathering for the Seligman's survey of Sudan ethnic groups. This is further substantiated by the fact that there are only five images in the Zande collection described as Bukuru types. [Chris Morton 10/12/2003]
Christopher Morton 12/11/2003 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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