Group of Beli men

Group of Beli men
103 x 75 mm | Print gelatin silver
Silver sulphide staining [EE 1989]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
24 1 (8)

Accession Number:
A three-quarter length portrait of a group of three Beli men wearing loincloths [cloudy image], identified as "Jur" men (a Dinka word for cattleless outsiders) belonging to the Beli tribe (or Sopi sub-group who speak a dialect of Beli) of the Rumbek District. On Evans-Pritchard's map of 1937 he places the Sofi (Sopi) as living between Toinya and Old Mvolo and the Beli to the west and north of Toinya. He visited Rumbek district in 1929 presumably on his way back from his second period of fieldwork among the Azande, begun in May of 1928.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1929 March
[Southern Sudan] El Buheyrat Toinya area
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Clothing
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.

Note on print reverse ms pencil - " 'Jur' Beli or Sofi 24/1"

Notes on card mount ms pencil - "SSS overall & fading 8.89"
Other Information:
Ethnographic context - In The Non-Dinka peoples of the Amadi and Rumbek Districts, Sudan Notes and Records XX, No.1, 1937, page 156, E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that 'In 1929 I trekked from Tonj to Rumbek and then Southwards to the neighbourhood of Toinya, where I spent rather under a fortnight gathering information about the non-Dinka tribes of Rumbek district.' [Chris Morton 4/3/2004]
Christopher Morton 4/3/2004 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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