Nuer youth with ash face decoration

Nuer youth with ash face decoration
100 x 75 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
09 (6)

Accession Number:
A head and shoulders full face portrait of a male youth (identified as Nhial) wearing a white shirt and numerous string neck ornaments, with ash smeared on his face and numerous earrings. Nhial first joined Evans-Pritchard in 1930 as he struggled to establish his first fieldwork base, and travelled with him to Muot Dit for work among the Lou. He is also known to have met up with Evans-Pritchard again in 1931 when this image was probably taken. Nhial was again employed by Evans-Pritchard in 1936, when Evans-Pritchard spent five out of seven weeks fieldwork at Nhial's home village of Nyueny.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1930 - 1931
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Sobat River ?Yakwach
Nuer Leek
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Ornament , Body Art
Ornament Neck , Body Art Paint , Ornament Ear
Original catalogue lists in Manuscript Collections. Additional material in related documents files. [CM 27/9/2005]
Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry: [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD 1966.27.17 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of negatives each in separate envelope, labelled. (some missing). Nos. 1 - 213. (prints in box 1966.27.18)...1966.27.18 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Box of prints each in separate envelope. Nos. 1 - 213. (negatives in 1966.27.17.)

Manual Catalogues [typewritten, entitled "Nuer Photographs (E-P)"] - 12. Nhial. (L.) [large size]

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "09 12"

Other Information:
In The Nuer (Oxford University Press, 1940) page 10, E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that '.. I set out for the neighbouring village of Pakur, where my carriers dropped tent and stores in the centre of a treeless plain, near some homesteads ... [f]ortunately a youth, Nhial, who has since been my constant companion in Nuerland, attached himself to me and after twelve days persuaded his kinsmen to carry my goods to the edge of the forest where they lived... After leaving Leek country I went with Nhial and my two Zande servants to Lou country. We motored to Muot Dit ..' [Chris Morton 18/3/2004]
Christopher Morton [17/3/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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