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Philip M. Abram photographs

Photographer:
Abrams, Philip M.  Search this
Extent:
358 slides (photographs) (+22 postcards, color)
10 photographic prints ((dupe prints), color, 8 x 10 in. or smaller)
Container:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Culture:
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Vai (African people)  Search this
Grebo (African people)  Search this
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Color slides
Photographic prints
Postcards
Place:
Liberia
Mali
Guinea
Côte d'Ivoire
Cameroon
Burkina Faso
Africa
Date:
1957-1973
bulk 1970-1973
Summary:
Photographs taken and postcards gathered by Philip M. Abrams during his travels through Liberia, Mali, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Burkina Faso, 1970-1973. Activities documented in the images include a Bundu sande women's society performance with Sowei (female guardian spirit) masks in Liberia; a Dogon dama (festival) masquerade staged for tourists in Sangha, Mali; a Grebo war dance in Krutown, Monrovia, Liberia; young Vai boys during initiation into the poro male secret society; and masked Vai dancers performing on Providence Island, Monrovia.
Arrangement note:
Slides:organized in one volume;.arranged numerically by image number.

Dupe prints:organized in one volume;arranged numerically by image number.
Biographical/Historical note:
U.S. Foreign Service Official.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Photographic prints
Postcards
Identifier:
EEPA.1986-002
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Philip M. Abram photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1986-002

Thomas Weir photographs

Photographer:
Weir, Thomas  Search this
Names:
Tubman, William V.S., 1895-1971  Search this
Extent:
48 photographic prints ((1 v.), black & white, 8 x 10 in.)
2,330 slides (photographs) ((2 v.), color)
Container:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Culture:
Kru (African people)  Search this
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Vai (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Color slides
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Picture postcards
Place:
Monrovia (Liberia)
Liberia
Africa
Date:
1960-1966
Summary:
Photographs taken by Thomas Weir in Liberia to document Liberian culture, 1960-1966. The photographs document the architecture, arts, events and peoples of Liberia, particularly the Bassa, Kru and Vai. Activities documented include blacksmithing, ivory carving, the making of a dugout canoe, pottery, market vending and basket and cloth weaving. Architectural images include government ministries, hospitals, schools and numerous street scenes in Monrovia, as well as Bassa houses and villages. Art works depicted include paintings on houses and signs, as well as paintings, sculptures and textiles created as tourist art. Events documented include official government ceremonies with staged indigenous dances; rituals in villages such as young members of the female sande society returning from the initiation camp; and visits by foreign heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth II and Josip Broz Tito of Yoguslavia. Liberians portrayed include President William V.S. Tubman and the people of Monrovia and other towns.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Picture postcards
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-001
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Thomas Weir photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1987-001

Jacob and Eleanor Reis photographs

Photographer:
Reis, Jacob A.  Search this
Creator:
Reis, Eleanor Nicely, Mrs.  Search this
Extent:
174 transparencies (dupe trans, black & white, 6 x 9 cm. )
96 negatives (photographic) (dupe negs, black & white, 8 x 11 cm. )
96 transparencies (dupe trans, black & white, 8 x 11 cm. )
24 negatives (photographic) (dupe negs, black & white, 9 x 11 cm. or smaller )
110 negatives (photographic) (black & white, 9 x 11 cm. or smaller)
129 lantern slides (silver gelatin, black & white, 6 x 9 cm. )
3 volumes (copy prints, black & white, 8 x 10 in. )
2 volumes (contact prints, black & white, 9 x 11 cm. )
174 negatives (photographic) (dupe negs, black & white, 6 x 9 cm. )
Container:
Item 129
Item 174
Item 174
Item 96
Item 96
Item 24
Item 110
Culture:
Bassa (Cameroon people)  Search this
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Ntumu (African people)  Search this
Bulu (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Lantern slides
Transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
Africa
Cameroon
Date:
1910-1920
Summary:
Photographs taken by Jacob Anthony Reis to document his experiences in Southern Cameroon while serving as a Presbyterian missionary from 1909 to 1945. The photographs document the life and peoples at Jacob A. Reis's mission stations, especially in and near Efulen, Cameroon, in the early 20th Century. African peoples pictured include the Bassa, Bulu and Ntumu. Structures depicted include churches, a dispensary, a fishing hut, a saw mill, school buildings such as a Baptist girls' school in Doulal and thatched roof buildings. Also included are African ritual objects collected by the mission and a photographic reproduction of a handwritten statistical list of bible readers, communicants, preachers and students.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Biographical/Historical note:
Jacob A. Reis, 1883-1945, Presbyterian missionary; graduated from Wooster College; attended Bloomfield Theological Seminary and ordained in 1908; joined the Presbyterian Church's mission in Cameroon in 1909; returned to the United States to complete his studies at the Western Theological Seminary in 1912; traveled back to Africa and served until his death in 1945.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Lantern slides
Transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-004
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1985-004

Bassa / Karl-Ferdinand Schälder

Author:
Schälder, Karl-Ferdinand  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
Topic:
Bassa (Liberian) face masks  Search this
Call number:
N7398 .S32X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_688915

Bassa mask / Robert Bleakley

Author:
Bleakley, Robert  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
Topic:
Bassa (Liberian) face masks  Search this
Call number:
NB1255.S88 B56 1978X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_688919

Elderly man and children. Liberia, near Buchanan

Photographer:
Weir, Tom  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Weir, Thomas  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic negative (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
[1960-66]
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts an elderly man seated on a chair with two children on his side.
Local Numbers:
Negative number TW 235.
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:
Portraits  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Children  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-001, Item EEPA 1987-0001-[TW235]
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Thomas Weir photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1987-001-ref506

Elderly man and child. Liberia, near Buchanan

Photographer:
Weir, Tom  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Weir, Thomas  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic negative (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
October 1959
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts an elderly man seated on a chair with a child on his side.
Local Numbers:
Negative number TW 236.
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:
Portraits  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Children  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-001, Item EEPA 1987-0001-[TW236]
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Thomas Weir photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1987-001-ref507

Bassa man. Liberia, near Buchanan

Photographer:
Weir, Tom  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Weir, Thomas  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic negative (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
October 1959
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts an eldery man with a pipe.
Local Numbers:
Negative number TW 239.
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:
Portraits  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-001, Item EEPA 1987-0001-[TW239]
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Thomas Weir photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1987-001-ref509

Bassa girl. Liberia, near River Cess

Photographer:
Weir, Tom  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Weir, Thomas  Search this
Extent:
1 photographic negative (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
October 1959
Local Numbers:
Negative number TW 277.
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:
Portraits  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-001, Item EEPA 1987-0001-[TW277]
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Thomas Weir photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1987-001-ref529

William Brill photographs

Collector:
Brill, William, 1918-2003  Search this
Extent:
(object copy prints; black & white, 8 x 10 in. or smaller )
Culture:
Loma (African people)  Search this
Makonde (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Punu (African people)  Search this
Asante (African people)  Search this
Zulu (African people)  Search this
Luba (African people)  Search this
Senufo (African people)  Search this
Baule (African people)  Search this
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Place:
Mali
Africa
Cameroon
Nigeria
Date:
circa 1983
Summary:
This collection is comprised of photographs collected by William W. Brill to document his personal collection of African art objects, which primarily contains masks, sculpted figures, and tools.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of photographs collected by William W. Brill to document his personal collection of African art objects, which primarily contains masks, sculpted figures, and tools. Masks documented are from the following peoples: Hemba, Lulua, Makonde, and Bbagani. Sculptural figures shown were created by the following groups: Bassa, Dogon, Kulango, Kuyu, Loma, Luba, Lunda, Punu, and Tabwa. Other objecs shown include an Asante comb, Asante royal staff, Baule animal head, Bete heddle pulley, Chokwe comb, Ijo staff, Kuba headrest, Lele staff, Ndengese axe handle, Senufo ceremonial container, Senufo wine strainer, Yela staff, Yoruba house post, Zulu comb, and Zulu hunter's staff. There are also images of musical instruments including bells, flutes, and rhythm pounders from Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, and Zaire. Photographers represented include Tony Fitsch, Al Mozell and Bernard Pierre Wolff.
Biographical / Historical:
William W. Brill (1918-2003) received a B.A. from Yale University and was the president of the Mutual Real Estate Investment Trust in New York. He started collecting African art around 1960 and has donated several art objects to museums.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
For study purposes only. Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art objects  Search this
Masks, African  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Citation:
William Brill Photographs, EEPA 1985-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-001
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1985-001

Bassa Devils Liberia

Creator:
Vincent, Ouasie T.  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (photograph., b&w, 9 x 14 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
circa 1930
Scope and Contents:
Printed caption on recto reads: "39. Bassa Devils. Liberia."
Printed text on verso reads: "Copyright Reserved / Ouasie T. Vincent, Real Photo Card, Monrovia, Liberia / This Is A Real Photograph."
Local Numbers:
EEPA LB-17-02
General:
Title source: Postcard caption.
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:
Masquerades  Search this
Costume -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA LB 2010-001-0208
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African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 24: Liberia (LB)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref5446

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 23.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3695
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20103

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.0.1 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 1.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.0.1 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3696
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20104

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.1 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 24.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.1 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3697
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20105

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.2 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 2.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.2 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3698
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20106

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.3 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 3.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.3 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3699
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20107

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.4 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 8.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.4 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3700
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20108

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.5 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 17.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.5 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3701
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20109

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 1.6 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 15.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 1.6 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3702
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20111

Bassa forehead mask, known as Geh-naw, Ganta Mission, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The Bassa, one of the largest Kru-speaking peoples in the central coastal region and adjacent hinterland of Liberia, have several female and male societies, including the Chu-den-zo, to whom geh-naw mask belong. With graceful, gliding dances the geh-naw masqueraders entertain the spectators when initiated boys return from bush camp, when important guests visit the village, and on other festive occasions. The dancer wears the mask, which is attached to a woven framework, on his forehead, and looks through a slit in the fabric which is part of the costume that covers his head and upper body (Dorsinville/Meneghini,1973; Siegmann, 1988)." [Hahner-Herzog I., Kecskesi M., Vajda L., 1998: African Mask. Prestel-Verlag, Munich . New York]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
E 2 BSS 2 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 62
Frame value is 16.
Slide No. E 2 BSS 2 EE 59
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:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3703
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref20112

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