Nuer courting couple

Nuer courting couple
56 x 54 mm | Print gelatin silver
Stained right side [19/11/86 EE]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
5 [2]

Accession Number:
A full length portrait of a youth and a young woman with their arms around each other, another woman standing just behind them. They are described as Jikul which is lineage or clan name not associated with one tribal territory, but which was a significant lineage around Nyueny and surrounding villages in Leek country, but also elsewhere such as Western Jikany. Behind them can be seen various articles of Evans-Pritchard's camp - a camp bed, some rope and open crates, suggesting that these youths were gathered near to his tent, a peg of which can indeed be seen in the left foreground..
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1936 October - November
[Southern Sudan] Wahda
Nuer Jikul
There would seem to be two Rolleiflex films identified as no. 5 in the Nuer series, which I have identified based upon differences in the handwritten style of enumerating the number 5 on the print reverses, as well as on visual content. [CM 26/10/2007]
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Body Language , Ornament , Social Life
Ornament Arm , Tent
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 1966.27.1-16 S. SUDAN. NUER TRIBE. Sixteen negative albums containing negatives and prints of photographs taken by donor during field-work. All listed in albums. Added Accession Book Entry - [p. 98 in right hand column, in pencil] Catalogue room.

Manual Catalogues [index taken from album book I, ms ink] - 64. Youth and girls - Jikul

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "5 Jikul" & print front border ms ink - "NUER I/64"

Other Information:
Another image of this couple is reproduced as Plate IV (facing page 84) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Kinship and Marriage Among the Nuer (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1990 [1951]) with the caption 'Sweethearts'. [Chris Morton 18/5/2004]
Christopher Morton [21/5/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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