Mandari women showing dress styles

Mandari women showing dress styles
115 x 115 mm | Print gelatin silver
There are records relating to alternative images that we do not have scans for in the database:
1998.97.24.1 - Negative film nitrate , (56 x 56 mm)
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A portrait of two Mandari women and a small girl. The woman to the left is wearing a European-style floral pattern dress with some bead neck ornaments. Her companion smoking a pipe is wearing a metal disk fringed goat-skin apron with two bead waist strings, as well as a cloth breast covering and bead neck ornaments. She also shows a number of scarification marks on her abdomen and arm, it being unclear whether these were intended to be decorative. The young girl is wearing a single waist string of beads and a neck ornament, a common set of ornaments for young children.
Jean Carlile Buxton
Date of Photo:
1950 - 1952
[Southern Sudan] Bahr el Jebel Tali
PRM Source:
Ronald Carlile Buxton via Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Donated 1988
Other Owners:
Jean Buxton Collection
Clothing , Narcotic , Ornament
Ornament Arm , Ornament Neck , Pipe
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 IV, page 31-32 Jean Buxton notes that 'Young girls up till about the age of 3 or 4 run about naked or with a little waist band of beads round the hips. After that they all wear some kind of covering round the parts. In the past the traditional Mandari dress was a small leather apron with a fringe, or a chain apron with a fringe of metal links suspended round the edge. This is now generally replaced by small pieces of brown cloth tied round the loins...and several strings are often wound round the waist above the cloth. These treasures are usually presents from male admirers...When a woman is married, she always wears a skin - usually that of a goat from which the hairs have been removed, and which is treated with fat to make it soft and pliable and is then coloured a rich rust brown with red ochre - tied round her waist so that it hangs down behind. Nowadays this skin is beginning to be replaced with pieces of cloth, which in an older woman is often tied across the breasts.' [Chris Morton 3/11/2004]
Christopher Morton 3/11/2004 [Southern Sudan Project]
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