Nuer ox with trained horn

Nuer ox with trained horn
58 x 55 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.355.741.1 - Negative film nitrate , (58 x 55 mm )
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
43 6 (A100)

Accession Number:
A portrait of an impressive mottled ox with a trained left horn curving over its muzzle (known as ma gut), a process carried out by by Nuer men by cutting away at one side of the horn on their favourite beasts, for aesthetically pleasing effects. The location is almost certainly amongst the Lou at Yakwach village on the Sobat River.
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
Animal Husbandry
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 XV, ms ink] - 82.
magud ox

Note on print reverse ms pencil - "43 6 A100" & print front border ms ink - "NUER XV/82"

Other Information:
In Nuer Religion (Oxford University Press 1974 [1957] 256), E. E. Evans-Pritchard notes that 'It is remarkable also that Nuer compare to the initiation of youths the cutting (ngat) of the horns of favourite oxen (they are entire animals at the time) so that they will grow against the cut at fancy angles, generally in a curve across the muzzle (ma gut). [Chris Morton 6/9/2004]
Christopher Morton [6/9/2004] [Southern Sudan Project]
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