Nuer woman carrying firewood

Nuer woman carrying firewood
112 x 80 mm | Print gelatin silver
Sulphide staining [EE 1989]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:

Accession Number:
A three-quarter length oblique portrait of a married woman wearing an ?ostrich egg-shell bead waist band fringed with leather strips, holding a bundle of firewood on top of her head. She is wearing a neck ornament of twisted leather with twisted iron pendants. This image was given or lent to Evans-Pritchard possibly by C.G. Seigman and seems to have originated from Yuzbashi (i.e. Captain) Talib Ismail, a sub-mamur in the Upper Nile Province administration at Akobo from 1920-27.
Talib Ismail
Date of Photo:
1921 - 1927
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile
Nuer Lou
Biographical Information - Talib Ismail is noted in The Nuer as the source for two reproduced images. He was a Sudanese officer who served in Upper Nile Province as a sub-mamur at Akobo from 5 June 1920 to 1 November 1927. The prints all have the same handwriting on the reverse which may be that of C.G. Seligman who may have procured them in 1921-2 during travels in the region, and who used some of them in the volume Pagan Tribes of 1932. Curiously they reproduced the images crediting E-P as the source, although E-P rectified this in his own monograph. It is likely that Evans-Pritchard was given these Nuer prints by his supervisor Seligman. See correspondence with Douglas Johnson in RDF [Chris Morton 23/4/2004]
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection. Probably given to Evans-Pritchard by C. G. & B. Z. Seligman.
Physical Anthropology , Gathering , Ornament , Clothing Accessory
Fuel , Ornament Neck , Ornament Body
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)"] - 206. Woman carrying firewood (L) [large size].

Note on print reverse ms ink - "Law Lady" [i.e. Lou Nuer] [Chris Morton 12/5/2004]
Christopher Morton [12/5/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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