Nuer man holding a restless cow

Nuer man holding a restless cow
84 x 57 mm (3.25 x 2.25 inch) | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
64 (A184)

Accession Number:
A Nuer man holds a tether to keep a cow's back legs from kicking whilst a woman milks it, at the Lou cattle camp of Yakwach on the Sobat River which Evans-Pritchard revisited in 1935. It was considered ritually dangerous for men to milk a cow unless no women or children were available, such as on a journey, but they frequently helped with non-milking activities such as this.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1935 July
[Southern Sudan] Upper Nile Sobat River Yakwach
Nuer Lou
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - Reproduced as Plate III (facing page 22) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's The Nuer (Oxford University Press, 1940), with the caption 'Milking a restless cow (Lou)' [Chris Morton 24/5/2004]

Research publication - Both the book plate spread (Figure 4, page 326) and the plate (Figure 18, page 336) are reproduced (back to front) in B. Wolbert 'The Anthropologist as Photographer: the Visual Construction of Ethnographic Authority',
Visual Anthropology , 2000, Vol 13, pp. 321-343. It is also reproduced (Figure 1, page 6) (and Wolbert's analysis criticised) in Christopher Morton, 'The Anthropologist as Photographer: Reading the Monograph and Reading the Archive', Visual Anthropology , 2005, Vol 18 (4) pp.1-17.
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Animal Husbandry , Food and Drink
Animal Cattle
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 II, ms ink] - 36. Milking

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "64 A184 [numerous printer's marks]"
Christopher Morton [24/5/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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