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American Art in Dialogue with Africa - 7 - Artists Travel to Africa

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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American Art in Dialogue with Africa - 4 - Primitivism and Modernism

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2013-11-06T15:07:28.000Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
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Education  Search this
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Arab Museum, Cairo (Egypt): Painted Wood Panel Fragments [graphic]

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Subject:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Physical description:
1 glass negative : b&w ; 18 cm. x 13 cm
Type:
Glass negatives
Place:
Egypt, Cairo, Cairo
Africa
Egypt
Cairo (Egypt)
Topic:
Animals in art  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Local number:
FSA A.6 04.GN.3261
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
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Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 4: Photographic Files 1903-1947
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_301587

Cairo (Egypt): Slate Palette of Ducks [graphic]

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Subject:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Physical description:
1 glass negative : b&w ; 18 cm. x 13 cm
Type:
Glass negatives
Place:
Egypt, Cairo, Cairo
Africa
Egypt
Cairo (Egypt)
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Local number:
FSA A.6 04.GN.0221
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
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Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 4: Photographic Files 1903-1947
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_301169

Alma Thomas papers

Creator:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Names:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Bader, Franz, 1903-1994  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986  Search this
Johnson, Nathalie J. Cole  Search this
Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942  Search this
Tarbary, Celine  Search this
Taylor, Joshua Charles, 1917-  Search this
Thomas, J. Maurice (John Maurice), 1900 or 1901-  Search this
Extent:
5.5 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Audio cassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1894-2001
Summary:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas, date from circa 1894-2001 and measure 5.5 linear feet. The papers document Thomas's work as a teacher, and her development and success as a painter of the Washington Color School, through biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas, date from circa 1894-2001 and measure 5.5 linear feet. The papers document Thomas's work as a teacher, and her development and success as a painter of the Washington Color School, through biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.

Biographical material includes identity cards, chronologies, an audio recording including a biographical account, and scattered documentation of Thomas's education and teaching careers with D.C. Public Schools, Howard University, and Thomas Garrett Settlement in Wilmington, Delaware. Also found are records relating to Thomas's participation in a summer marionette class taught by Tony Sarg in 1934, and a tour of European art centers which Thomas took in 1958.

Letters relate primarily to the exhibition of Thomas's work and related events and are from galleries, museums, other art institutions, colleagues, and friends including Franz Bader, Adelyn Breeskin, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Howard University Gallery of Art, Martha Jackson Gallery, Nathalie J. Cole Johnson, Vincent Melzac, Celine Tabary, and Joshua Taylor.

Notes and writings include four notebooks and autobiographical writings by Thomas, a "Birthday Book," and an annotated engagement calendar. J. Maurice Thomas's writings about Alma Thomas, her research for a bibliography on James Weldon Johnson, and writings by others, including Jacob Kainen, about Alma Thomas, are also found here.

Exhibition files contain a wide variety of documentation for many group and solo exhibitions of Thomas's work from the early 1950s through a 1998-2000 traveling retrospective exhibition, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1972. The records include letters from Franz Bader Gallery, David Driskell at Fisk University, and Vincent Melzac. Photographs include Thomas with individuals including William Buckner, Jeff Donaldson, David Driskell, James W. Herring, and Vincent Melzac. Also found is a photograph of the 1951 Little Paris Studio Group picturing Lois Mailou Jones, Celine Tabary, Alma Thomas, and others. Two video recordings are of events related to the 1998-2000 retrospective at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art. Records documenting a 1981-1982 exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, A Life in Art: Alma Thomas, includes the script of a video written by Adolphus Ealey.

Personal business records include price lists, gift and loan receipts, and files concerning the Art in Embassies Program, the Martha Jackson Gallery, a benefit auction for the Corcoran School of Art, and the designation of the Thomas family home in Washington, D.C. as a historic property.

Eleven scrapbooks document Thomas's teaching career through the activities of the art classes she taught at Shaw Junior High School.

Printed materials include announcements and catalogs for exhibitions and other events; clippings which document Thomas's career and subjects of interest to her; Christmas cards featuring block prints designed by Thomas; and other programs and publications featuring Thomas.

Photographs are of Alma Thomas, family, and friends and colleagues including Sam Gilliam, James V. Herring, and Nathalie V. Cole Johnson; art classes taught by Thomas; Thomas's homes in Columbus, Georgia and Washington, D.C.; and exhibitions not documented in Series 4: Exhibition Files, including photographs of Alma Thomas at an opening at Barnett Aden Gallery with Alonzo Aden and others.
Arrangement note:
The papers have been arranged into 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1911-2001 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Letters, circa 1930-2001 (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, circa 1920s-circa 1998 (Box 2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1951-2000 (Boxes 2-3, OV 7; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1950s-1994 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1908-2000 (Boxes 3-5, OV 7; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1930-1946 (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1894-2001 (Boxes 5-6; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was known for her abstract paintings filled with dense patterns of color, and was considered a major artist of the Washington Color School.

Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1894, and was the eldest of the four daughters of John Harris Thomas and Amelia Cantey Thomas. The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1906 and Thomas was first introduced to art classes at Armstrong Technical High School. Following her graduation in 1911 she took a course in kindergarten teaching at the Miner Normal School, and subsequently worked as a substitute teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system until 1914, when she took a teaching position on the Eastern shore of Maryland. From 1916 to 1923 she taught kindergarten at Thomas Garrett Settlement House in Wilmington, Delaware.

Thomas originally enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. as a home economics major in 1921, but after studying under Lois Mailou Jones amd James V. Herring in Herring's newly established art department, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art in 1924, and became the first person to graduate from the program. Thomas then began her teaching career at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C. that lasted from 1924, until her retirement in 1960. During this time she established community arts programs that would encourage her students to develop an appreciation of fine arts. Activities included marionette programs, distribution of student-designed holiday menu cards for dinners given for soldiers at the Tuskegee Veterans' Hospital, art clubs, lectures, and student exhibitions. In 1943 she became the founding vice president of Barnett Aden Gallery, which was established by James V. Herring and Alonzo Aden and was the first integrated gallery in Washington, D.C.

In 1934 Thomas earned an M.A. degree in Art Education from Columbia University. At American University in Washington, D.C., she studied creative painting under Joe Summerford, Robert Gates, and Jacob Kainen from 1950 to 1960, and began to break away from representational painting and experiment more seriously with Abstract Expressionism. In 1958 she participated in a tour of the art centers of Western Europe under the auspices of the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Following her retirement from teaching in 1960, Thomas devoted herself full-time to painting, and continued to develop her signature style. She was inspired by nature and the desire to express beauty through composition and color, and refused to be constrained by societal expectations related to her race, gender, and age, achieving her greatest success in the last decade of her life. Her work was exhibited at the Dupont Theatre Art Gallery, Franz Bader Gallery, and the Howard University Gallery of Art, before she was honored in 1972 with exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Thomas's work has been exhibited at the White House and can be found in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Separated Materials note:
In 1979, J. Maurice Thomas loaned papers for microfilming. Most, but not all, of the loaned material was later donated and is described in this finding aid. Loaned materials not donated at a later date are available on reels 1541-1543 and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The Alma Thomas papers were donated in several accretions between 1979 and 2004 by J. Maurice Thomas, the artist's sister, and in 2010 by Charles Thomas Lewis, Thomas's nephew.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Alma Thomas papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Women painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
African American artists -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Audio cassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.thomalma
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Alma Thomas papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-thomalma
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Roosevelt scoured Africa: The Gold Dust Twins Scour America. [Print advertising.] 1910

Advertiser:
Fairbank, N.K., Company  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919  Search this
Physical description:
1 item, 28 x 21.5 cm
Type:
Print advertising
Outdoor advertising
Posters
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1910
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Statue of Liberty National Monument (N.Y. and N.J.)  Search this
Cleaning  Search this
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character) in art  Search this
Twins  Search this
Local number:
Ivorydata4 927
0300600095 (Scan No.)
Restrictions & Rights:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Reproduction restrictions due to copyright
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Soap series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana 1838-1953
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_245070

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 2.4.3 EE 70
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"Court Art of Benin," held by the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England, beginning August 1, 2001.
"Africa: Looking Bakc, Looking Forward," held by the Spurlock Museum in Urbanna, Illinois, beginning in September of 2002.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7590
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24424

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 2.3 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7585
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24419

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 2.3.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7586
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24420

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 2.4 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7587
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24421

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 2.4.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"Convergence," organized and held by Morgan State University on view from December 14, 2002 thru April 13, 2003.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7588
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24422

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 2.4.2 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7589
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24423

Ancestral shrines, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts, in the background, the altar to the Oba Eweka II and, in the front, the altar to the Oba Ovonramwen. "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 3 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7591
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Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24425

Ancestral shrines, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts, in the background, the altar to the Oba Eweka II and, in the front, the altar to the Oba Ovonramwen. "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
I 2 BNN 3.1.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 7593
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref24428

Ancestral shrines, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. The photograph depicts, in the background, the altar to the Oba Eweka II and, in the front, the altar to the Oba Ovonramwen. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
EENG-II-13, 2.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 09069
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref36147

Ancestral shrines, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts, in the background, the altar to the Oba Eweka II and, in the front, the altar to the Oba Ovonramwen. "From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
EENG-II-13, 3.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Works of art in situ  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 09070
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref36148

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
EENG-II-13, 7.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Works of art in situ  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 09071
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref36149

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
EENG-II-13, 8.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 03339
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref30420

Ancestral shrine, House of the Oba, Benin City, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"From the early eighteenth century to the present day, foreign visitors to Benin City have observed finely cast heads, some supporting carved tusks, on ancestral altars in the royal palace. The altar groupings were destroyed in 1897 when many objects were removed by the British military and a fire swept the palace. With the restoration of the Benin monarchy in 1914, the new Oba, Eweka II (d. 1933), commissioned heads and other objects for an altar dedicated to his father, Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-97; d.1914)." [Freyer Br., 1987: Royal Benin Art. Smithsonian Institution Press]. "Benin City and the palace of the Oba are marked out by shrines which articulate the role and traditions of the Oba and his predecessors as rulers of the city and the kingdom. Throughout the city there are also domestic shrines, found in many households despite the active proselytizing of Christianity in all its forms during this century." [Gore Ch., 1998: Ritual, Performance and Media in Urban Contemporary Shrine Configurations in Benin City, Nigeria; Ritual, Performance, Media. pp.66-84. Routledge]. The photograph depicts the altar dedicated to the Oba Ovonramwen (reigned 1888-1914). This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
EENG-II-13, 9.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Works of art in situ  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Leopards  Search this
Animals in art -- Birds  Search this
Animals in art -- Fishes  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Edo-speaking cultures  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EENG 03340
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref30421

Ceremonial sword, Kumasi, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts detail of ceremonial sword held by attendant of Asantehene Otomfuo Nana Opoku Ware II. "In the nineteenth century sword ornaments became more varied and numerous, often representing a proverbial theme. Further proliferation occured in this century, more specifically after 1924, when the Asantehene Prempeh I returned from his long exile." [Timothy F. Garrard, 1989: Gold of Africa, Prestel]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Westinghouse Film and traveled to Africa from October 26, 1970 to end of March 1971.
Local Numbers:
C 2 ASH 54 EE 71
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Leaders  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- antelopes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 1516
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref6322

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