Portrait of a Nuer youth

Portrait of a Nuer youth
58 x 55 mm | Negative film nitrate
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An upper body oblique portrait of an initiated youth with a rectilinear building in the background. A very similar building can be seen in the background of a portrait [1998.355.9] of a Dok youth, probably taken at Adok in 1936. The lines of initiation scarring are evident on the forehead. The operation (gar) is a severe one which causes much blood loss, across the forehead from ear to ear. Boys were normally initiated between the ages of 14-16, and a group initiated during a number of successive years belong to an age-set (ric). After initation a youth is prohibited from milking, able to marry, gains a spear and an ox from which he takes his ox-name, and was able to go on cattle raids against the Dinka.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
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[Southern Sudan] Wahda ?Adok
Nuer ?Dok
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Shelter
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.)

Christopher Morton [28/4/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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