Portrait of Mandari youths

Portrait of Mandari youths
56 x 56 mm | Negative film nitrate
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An upper body group portrait of three smiling Mandari youths, two holding pipes in their mouths, one with a black ostrich feather in his hair. The youth to the right has covered his body in ash and then applied a reddish ochre dressing known as mege to his face. This form of decoration was especially favoured by the Mandari Köbora.
Jean Carlile Buxton
Date of Photo:
1950 - 1952
[Southern Sudan] Bahr el Jebel Khor Moni
Mandari Köbora
PRM Source:
Ronald Carlile Buxton via Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Donated 1988
Other Owners:
Jean Buxton Collection
Narcotic , Body Art
Pipe , Body Art Paint , Ornament Hair
See Related Documents File. Buxton field notebooks in Tylor Library.
Other Information:
In Some Notes on the Mandari of Equatoria Province, A.E. Sudan, (typescript notebook of c.1951 in Tylor Library, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford), book I, page 40, Jean Buxton notes that 'The habit of using red ochre is much more predominant among these people than other Mandari groups...The powder is mixed with oil to form a dressing called MEGE which is then smeared all over the body and face, and used for decorating the hair. As a result, the whole body becomes a reddish brown.' [Chris Morton 25/1/2005]
Christopher Morton 24/1/2005 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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