Ingessana smithy

Ingessana smithy
103 x 76 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.344.31.1 - Negative film nitrate , (103 x 76 mm)
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
C 11

Accession Number:
Two men sit inside a simple shelter covered with grasses and matting for shade, working a forge. The man to the left has a hammer in his hand, and several woven baskets lie on the ground nearby. The man to the right is working the bellows. Although no smelting took place in the Tabi hills, the working of metal was common and apprentices were taken on for several years to learn the craft.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1926 November - December
Blue Nile Tabi Hills Soda
Ingessana (Gaam)
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Industry , Metalwork , Shelter , Basketry
Building , [Metal Iron] , Basket , Forge
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
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.

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Ingassana"] - 31. Smith working forge. C.11

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "Smith's forge C11 EPD31"

Other Information:
In A Preliminary Account of the Ingassana Tribe in Fung Province, Sudan Notes and Records X, 1927, page 77, E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that 'In the Soda district, where iron-working is to-day a flourishing industry, there were only two smiths, who had learnt their craft from hill Gule. There are not only a large number of smiths, but the profession is open to any youth who cares to serve two or three years of apprenticeship to the trade...' [Chris Morton 29/1/2004]
Christopher Morton 29/1/2004 [Southern Sudan Project]
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