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Lugbara girl with facial and torso scarifications, northwestern Uganda and southern Sudan

Catalog Data

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (b&w, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches.)
1 lantern slide (b&w, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches.)
1 Photographic print (b&w, 25 x 21 cm.)
1 Photographic print (b&w, 20 x 19 cm.)
Culture:
Lugbara (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Lantern slides
Photographic prints
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Uganda
Sudan
Date:
1947
Scope and Contents:
"A young girl of the Madi, one of the principal tribes settled north of Lake Albert. The scarification of her upper body, made in infancy by rubbing dirt into open cuts, is typical of the Madi, who favor large triangular welts on the torso and thick, vertical scars along the forehead and arms." [Elisofon E., Van Der Post L., 1964: The Nile, the Viking Press]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and travelled to Africa from January 8, 1947 to end of June 1947.
Local Numbers:
Negative number Nile 1947 R-6, 4.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Typed index card reads, "D 3 Mdi. Madi. Sudan. Scarification of woman made by rubbing dirt into open cuts. 4/1947. EE. neg.no. Nile 1947 R-6, 4." The card was written in 1977-79 by Archives staff using source provided by photographer.
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
Beadwork  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Body marking -- Africa  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Lantern slides
Photographic prints
Negatives
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 EENG 01455
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Uganda
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref28543