Portrait of a Nuer youth

Portrait of a Nuer youth
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
Sulphide staining right hand side [?EE 1987]
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A three-quarter length full face portrait of a youth with cloth headdress (?identified as Twaring) holding a club and standing next to Evans-Pritchard's tent. He seems to have a section of dotted scarification on the left side of his chest. Evans-Pritchard spent about seven weeks in total in Nuer Leek country, during Oct-Nov 1936, mostly at Nyueny village among the Karlual section.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1936 October - November
[Southern Sudan] Wahda ?Nyueny village
Nuer Leek Karlual
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Weapon , Body Art
Club , Body Art Skin , Headdress
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 XIII, ms ink] - 16. youth

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "3 W.Nuer" & print front border ms ink - "NUER XIII/16"

Other Information:
A portrait of the same youth is reproduced as Plate VII (facing page 84) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Kinship and Marriage Among the Nuer (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1990 [1951]) with the caption 'A youth singing in praise of his ox. His arms are raised in imitation of its horns.' That image is indexed by E-P as 'Twaring - Karlual'. I am not sure whether Twaring is a personal name or a place name. [Chris Morton 24/8/2004]
Christopher Morton [24/8/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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