Bongo grave carvings

Bongo grave carvings
103 x 75 mm | Negative film nitrate
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
29 [frame 2]

Accession Number:
Two carved wooden funerary figures, one with large horns set on top of a low earth burial mound within a homestead. Not all Bongo graves were marked with a mound of stones, and such mounds were sometimes erected a number of years later at a mortuary ceremony. These carved figures were considered representations of the deceased, put up to honour the individual, but not serving any ritual purpose. Usually accompanied by tallies of animals killed in hunting, the horns on the figure signify the status of the hunter [image cloudy at top].
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1929 March
[Southern Sudan] Warab Tonj
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Death , Carving
Grave , Grave Marker , Memorial , Figure
Primary Documentation:
PRM Accession Records - Accession Book Entry [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - 1966.27.19 - S. SUDAN, DARFUNG. VARIOUS TRIBES. Box of negatives in envelopes, [1 - 242] & 1966.27.20 - Box of prints of these negatives [refers to object 1966.27.19] [1 - 242], in envelopes.

Note on negative [mech.printed] "2"

Other Information:
This neg was previously numbered EP.B.11 along with another negative. I have therefore assigned it a new number. [Chris Morton 15/1/2004]
Christopher Morton 15/1/2004 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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