Nuer youth wearing armrings

Nuer youth wearing armrings
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
Sulphide staining right hand side [7/89 EE]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
43 3 (A44)

Accession Number:
A youth wearing thiau armrings on his left arm and with hair ash-plastered, holding the pole of Evans-Pritchard's tent awning or canvas shade. Arm ring binding was done for some months or even a year or two, and is accompanied by swelling, sores and pain, and renders the arm useless for the period. During the elaborate telling of compliments to a woman during courtship or at dances, the youth ran a metal ring up and down the arm-rings to produce a sound. He is also wearing a European comb as a neck ornament. Evans-Pritchard stresses in his analysis of thiau as a left-horn imitation that the left arm is only ever used, but in this instance the right arm is bound.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1935 July
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Sobat River Yakwach
Nuer Lou
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Ornament , Shelter , Toilet
Ornament Arm , Tent , Hair
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 XI, ms ink] - 22. man

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "43 3 A44" & print front border ms ink - "NUER XI/22"

Christopher Morton [3/8/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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