Zande man with spear, bag and whistle

Zande man with spear, bag and whistle
110 x 158 mm | Print gelatin silver
Date of Print:
1937 circa
Same Image As:

Accession Number:
A full length portrait of a man carrying a spear (baso) and a mourner's small grass bag with a shoulder strap (mongu). Also hung around his shoulder is a magic whistle (kura), which is here identified as being used by a mourner as an action against the witchcraft involved in the death of a relative (vengeance-magic).
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1926 - 1930
[Southern Sudan] Western Equatoria Yambio
Publication History:
Contemporary Publication - Reproduced as Plate XXXIVb, (facing page 542) in E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (OUP 1937), with the caption "A youth wearing a girdle of mourning and vengeance. Note his mourner's bag and whistle of vengeance." [CM 7/9/2005]
PRM Source:
Oxford University Press
Donated 2003
Other Owners:
Oxford University Press
Weapon , Religion , Ritual , Basketry
Bag , Spear
Correspondence with OUP in Related Documents File
Primary Documentation:
Printer's ms pencil notes and crop marks on print reverse. One ms pencil note "Can you get rid of the 'muzzy' background & slightly [underlined] touch up the features without giving it a 'faked' appearance. If so, please do so & submit the print to us, by return, before making the block." [CM 7/9/2005]
Other Information:
This print is one of twenty-eight prints handed over, along with five negs and prints retained from publication in The Azande (1971), by Anne Ashby from OUP in December 2003. They all seem to have been made from Evans-Pritchard's negatives for publication in Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande sometime prior to 1937, and have numerous printer's comments and crop marks on the backs. They have been accessioned separately since they were evidently printed by OUP before Evans-Pritchard's collection was donated in 1966, and since they make more sense catalogued together as a distinct collection. [CM 7/9/2005]
Christopher Morton 7/9/2005 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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