Nuer men on wall

Nuer men on wall
84 x 57 mm (3.25 x 2.25 inch) | Print gelatin silver
Silver sulphide staining left hand side [?EE 1987]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
28 5 (A211)

Accession Number:
A head-and-shoulders portrait of a man (identified as Wia), with another man standing beside him partly out of frame. The location seems to be Nasir on the Sobat River, which is visible beyond. Wia was previously photographed by Evans-Pritchard during his earlier phase of fieldwork in 1931 at his father Cam's village of Yakwach on the Sobat River. This photograph seems to have been taken in 1935 at Nasir on meeting him again. Evans-Pritchard notes that on re-engaging Wia in 1935 he had collected a small herd of cattle at the district headquarters there, as a result of working for Corfield the district commissioner as his groom.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Nasir
Nuer Eastern Jikany
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Physical Anthropology , Ornament , Clothing
Ornament Ear , Body Art Ear , Ornament Neck
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 XIV, ms ink] - 34. Youth (Wia)

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "28 5 A211" & print front border ms ink - "NUER XIV/34"

Other Information:
The earlier image of Wia is reproduced as Plate XXVIIIb. (facing page 256) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's The Nuer (Oxford University Press, 1940), with the caption 'b. Youth (Lou)' Also reproduced as Plate XXc. (facing page 208) in C.G. & B. Seligman's Pagan Tribes of the Nilotic Sudan (London, Routledge 1932), with the caption 'Three Nuer types'. In Kinship and Marriage Among the Nuer (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1990 [1951]), page 18, E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that the Jekany man Cam-Carau's marriage to a Lou wife happened with 'the name of his maternal uncle, Dar, with Dar's cattle, so that his eldest son and the other children born of this wife count as Dar's children and not his own; and as Dar and Cam are of different clans and tribes, the distinction between pater and genitor is emphasized. His eldest son, Wia, belongs to the dominant clan of the Lou territory and he does not.' [Chris Morton 27/8/2004]
Christopher Morton [27/8/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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