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Yoruba Festivals, People, Hairstyles, Ibeji Objects, Eshu Figures, and Oya and Orishala Priests, Priestesses, and Shrines

Collection Photographer:
Houlberg, Marilyn  Search this
Extent:
168 Slides (photographs) (Binder 9)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Date:
circa 1966-circa 1988
Scope and Contents note:
[EEPA 2005-002-5313 - EEPA 2005-002-5478]
Scope and Contents:
This series includes images of Yoruba festivals and celebrations, including the Balufon Festival and Ayo Masquerade, hairstyles, Ibeji Objects, albino twins, a Dada shrine and figure, Eshu Figures, and Oya and Orishala Priests, Priestesses and Shrines. Photos were taken in Ikenne, Ilishan, Ishara, Ilara, Lagos, and Cotonou and Abomey, Benin.
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.
Collection Citation:
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria Collection, EEPA 2005-002, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2005-002, Series 24
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Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2005-002-ref424

Scenic Views and Artwork, Cotonou and Abomey, Benin

Collection Photographer:
Houlberg, Marilyn  Search this
Container:
Binder 9, Item 5361-5370
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
circa 1966-circa 1988
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.
Collection Citation:
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria Collection, EEPA 2005-002, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria collection
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria collection / Series 24: Yoruba Festivals, People, Hairstyles, Ibeji Objects, Eshu Figures, and Oya and Orishala Priests, Priestesses, and Shrines
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2005-002-ref439

Female figure with child

Maker:
Fon artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 10.5 x 15.5 x 7.5 cm (4 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 2 15/16 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Abomey, Benin
Date:
Early to mid-20th century
Topic:
mother and child  Search this
furniture  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernst Anspach
Object number:
94-18-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys72e10be63-7ddc-4c71-9155-31f7558dab80
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_94-18-1

Récade

Object Name:
makpo
Maker:
Fon artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 28.5 x 4.2 x 19 cm (11 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Abomey, Benin
Date:
Late 19th-early 20th century
Topic:
fish  Search this
Leadership  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Object number:
2005-6-123
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7a4905242-188d-4a46-9ebb-4eb441b02866
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2005-6-123

Figure of a buffalo

Maker:
Fon artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, brass, iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 23.5 x 12 x 31 cm (9 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Abomey, Benin
Date:
Late 19th century
Topic:
male  Search this
bull  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Object number:
2005-6-124
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys710080f6f-5947-4135-9418-2ba0bf62f75a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2005-6-124

Figure of a lion

Maker:
Fon artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 15.2 x 19.4 x 6.7 cm (6 x 7 5/8 x 2 5/8 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Abomey, Benin
Date:
Late 19th-early 20th century
Topic:
Ancestral  Search this
lion  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Object number:
2005-6-267
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7e2d127db-e38b-49d2-a829-012dcf6b4eab
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2005-6-267

Wall hanging

Maker:
Fon artist  Search this
Medium:
Cotton
Dimensions:
H x W: 109.2 x 163.8 cm (43 x 64 1/2 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
Abomey, Benin
Date:
Late 20th century
Topic:
fish  Search this
bird  Search this
lion  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
weapon  Search this
boat  Search this
bushcow  Search this
tool  Search this
Plant  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
79-13-24
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys79fb5b0a0-500f-469a-b3f2-8a095721ab95
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_79-13-24

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Households, Animal and Human Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-882
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2157

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Households, Animal and Human Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-883
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2158

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Households, Animal and Human Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-884
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2159

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Households, Animal and Human Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-885
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2160

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Households, Animal and Human Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-886
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2161

Field Work in the Vicinity of Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Animal Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-904
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2162

Field Work in the Vicinity of Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Animal Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-905
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2163

Field Work in the Vicinity of Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Mural Painting and Decoration Depicting Animal Figures

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Signs and symbols  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-906
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2164

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Royal Palaces Built by the Fon People

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Fon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-909
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2165

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Royal Palaces Built by the Fon People

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Fon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-908
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2166

Field Work in Abomey, Benin (formerly, Dahomey): Royal Palaces Built by the Fon People

Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Names:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow, 1890-1972  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photographic negative , b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Fon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Abomey (Benin)
Benin -- Zou Departement -- Abomey
Date:
1951
File Restrictions:
Fragile: Physical access restricted.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers,Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-017, Item ACMA LDT-N-R27-910
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Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers / Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890–1974 / 5.4.1: Research: Africa / 35mm negatives / Benin
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-017-ref2537

Eliot Elisofon Field collection

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
14000 Negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm)
30000 Slides (photographs) (color)
80,000 Photographic prints (b&w, 25 x 20 cm. or smaller.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Negatives
Color slides
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Mali
Ghana
Côte d'Ivoire
Benin
Burkina Faso
Egypt
Kenya
Liberia
Niger
Rwanda
Senegal
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Central African Republic
Date:
circa 1935-1978
Summary:
This collection is comprised of photographic and manuscript materials, primarily created by Eliot Elisofon to document his travels and work. The images portray many aspects of African life and culture including agriculture, wildlife, archaeology, architecture, art and artisans, children, cityscapes and landscapes, leaders, markets, medicine, recreation, ritual and celebration, and transportation. The manuscript materials include correspondence, essays, clippings, puobligations, notes, research, and itineraries.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of circa 14,000 negatives, 30, 0000 slides, 8,000 photographic prints, and 14 boxes of manuscript materials that date from circa 1945-1978.

The photographs document Eliot Elisofon's travels and work in Africa. The images portray many aspects of African life and culture including agriculture, wildlife, archaeology, architecture, art and artisans, children, cityscapes and landscapes, leaders, markets, medicine, recreation, ritual and celebration, and transportation. Artisans shown include an Asante weaver making kente cloth in Ghana; a Dogon carver in Mali making a kanaga mask; an Ebrie goldsmith in Cote d'Ivoire; Hausa dyers in Kano, Nigeria; and Nupe beadmakers in Nigeria; as well as artists at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Kinshasa, Congo. Portraits of leaders include the Asante court at Kumase in Ghana; Ebrie chiefs and notables in Cote d'Ivoire; the timi (king) of Ede, a Yourba town, Nigeria; the emir of Katsina, Nigeria; and the Kuba king and his court in the Congo. There are informal portraits showing children of the Kuba royal court dancing, Fulbe women with gold earrings in Mali, Mangbetu women in the Congo, and Maasai elders in Kenya. Masked dances documented include a Dogon dama festival celebration in Mali, an Igbo festival in Nigeria, and Kuba and Pende masked dancers in the Congo. There are also images of Yoruba gelede (men's association) masks in Nigeria. Non-masked dancers shown include Dan professional acrobatic dancers in Cote d'Ivoire, Irigwe dancers in Nigeria, Mangbetu dancers in the Congo, Mbuti dancers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Wodaabe men dancing in Nigeria. Events shown include Hausa riders in chain mail during the Independence Day celebration in Katsina, Nigeria. Images of art in situ include ancestral altars in the King of Benin's palace in Nigeria; Dogon rock paintings in Mali; and Yoruba Shango shrine sculptures in the palace courtyard of timi (king) of Ede in Nigeria. Landscapes include views of mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Animals shown include birds, buffalos, elephants and giraffes. Traditional architecture shown includes Asante shrine houses with raised wall decorations in Ghana, Dogon villages in Mali and mosques in Mopti.

The manuscript materials include correspondence, essays, clippings, puobligations, notes, research, and itineraries.
Biographical/Historical note:
A photographer best known for his work in Life magazine. Elisofon worked as a free-lance magazine photographer from 1933 to 1937, as a staff photographer for Life from 1933 to 1937 and on photographic assignments for various magazines, including the Smithsonian magazine, from 1942 to 1945. Elisofon traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America documenting the peoples of these lands as well as their arts and environments. A founding member and curatorial associate of the private Museum of African Art, which in 1981 became the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), Elisofon bequeathed his collection of African photographs to the museum when he died in 1973. To honor Elisofon's contribution to the understanding of African art and culture, NMAfA named its archives after him.
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.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Nigeria  Search this
South Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Photographic prints
Color slides
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1973-001
Online Media:

Hairdresser, in street, Abomey, Benin

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm.)
Culture:
Fon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Benin
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts a young hairdresser sitting on a bench. During his trip to Dahomey (now Benin), Elisofon visited the town of Abomey, in the Fon people region. 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:
EENG-VIII-39, 28.
General:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Typed index card reads, "A 2 Fon. Fon. Dahomey, Abomey. Hairdresser, in street by appliqued cloth makers. Feb.-Mar. 1971. EE. neg.no. VIII-39, 28." 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.
Occupation:
Artists  Search this
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
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 00175
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Benin
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref27269

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