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Rubber plantation owned by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Liberia

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
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:
57938 1 63

M 2 LIB 1 EEE 59
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. LL03-0015
Local Note:
Selgem EE10056300
Photograph appeared in Life Magazine.
A photographic print resides in the collection.
Series Reference: 1.
Frame value is 3.
Slide No. M 2 LIB 1 EEE 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:
Agriculture  Search this
Industries  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 10503
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Liberia
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo795edcae2-27d2-4546-8c7a-3a0db055ab3e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref1115

John Adetoyese Laoye I, Timi of Ede, Ede, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts John Adetoyese Laoye I, Timi of Ede, wearing "crown made of leopard skin, one of the three symbols that reflect the story of origin from Old Oyo. It affirms that the origin of the leadership was military and not a part of the ritual dissemination of authority from Ife." [Roy Sieber, 1973: Ede, Crafts and Surveys. pp.45-49. Summer 1973. African Arts]. During his trip to Nigeria, Elisofon visited Ede, one of oldest towns of Yoruba people; founded by Timi Agbale to establish a settlement to protect the Oyo caravan route to Benin. 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:
C 2 YRB 3.1 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"West African Permanent Exhibit," held by Sinclair Community College at the Learning Resource Center Library in Dayton, Ohio, beginning 2001. LL01-0003
"Convergence," organized and held by Morgan State University on view from December 14, 2002 thru April 13, 2003. LL03-0015
Local Note:
Time Life no. 58482 77
Frame value is 18.
Slide No. C 2 YRB 3.1 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:
Regalia  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Cultural landscapes  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 1973
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Nigeria
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7b5f3c053-d60a-4c2f-bf9b-817741f22857
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref11391

Oba Olateru Olagbegi II, the Olowo of Owo, seated beneath carved ivory tusks, Owo, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"The high value placed on ivory goes back to antiquity and is reflected in mythical accounts of Orunmila's preference for and association with it. Because ivory was such a precious resource, and the preferred material for denoting the status of kings, chiefs, warriors, and diviners, elephant tusks were a commodity controlled by a powerful elite. Within Owo's sphere of influence, elephant hunters retained only one tusk out of every pair of tusks and were required to present the other to the Olowo (the king of Owo)." [Abiodun R., 1989: Yoruba. Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers.]. 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:
C 2 YRB 6.1 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"West African Permanent Exhibit," held by Sinclair Community College at the Learning Resource Center Library in Dayton, Ohio, beginning 2001. LL01-0003
Local Note:
Time Life no. 58482 83
Frame value is 11.
Slide No. C 2 YRB 6.1 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:
Portraits  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Lions  Search this
Animals in art -- Crocodiles  Search this
Ivory  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 2003
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Nigeria
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo739955d20-9121-4239-a00f-77c121426f8a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref11723

Kuba children, including members of the royal family, performing during the state visit of the Nyim (ruler) Kot a Mbweeky III, Bungamba village, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the village of Bungamba (Bongamba, Bongaam) between Mweka and Luebo, in the Kuba region. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
B 3 KBA 6 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"TxtStyles/Fashioning Identity," held by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, from June 6 through December 28, 2008.
Local Note:
W5 A29
Frame value is 30.
Slide No. B 3 KBA 6 EE 70
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:
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Children  Search this
Dance  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  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 1058
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Congo (Democratic Republic) / EECL / Bungamba Village, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo77a8093e3-8fd3-460a-834b-17ead0405abe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref1209

Oba Ademuwagun Adesida II, the Deji (ruler) of Akure, in courtyard of Akure palace, Akure, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Oba Ademuwagun Adesida II, the Deji (ruler) of Akure, in courtyard of Akure palace. "Because of changing historical circumstances including disputes over succession, and inter-kingdom warfare, there are hundreds of Obas, but in fact not all hold the same degree of authority, and only those who can trace descent from one of the sixteen sons of Odua can wear beaded crowns (Beier 1982:5). The crown (ade) is the most important of all the Oba's regalia, and Obas wear their beaded veiled crowns on all ceremonial and religious occasions." [Arnoldi M.-J. and Mullen Kreamer C., 1995: Focus on Twelve African Hats. Crowning Achievements, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History]. 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:
C 2 YRB 12 EE 59
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"West African Permanent Exhibit," held by Sinclair Community College at the Learning Resource Center Library in Dayton, Ohio, beginning 2001. LL01-0003
Local Note:
Time Life no. 58482 82
Frame value is 9.
Slide No. C 2 YRB 12 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:
Portraits  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  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 2070
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Nigeria
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7aaf741d4-66b5-4eec-b6f2-44e263a50342
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref12467

Sir Adesoji Aderemi, Oni of Ife, Ife, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Oba Sir Adesoji Tadeniawo Aderemi, Oni of Ife (ruled September 1930 - July 1980). The traditional ruler is the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people. Today, the Oni continues to have great religious authority. During his trip to Nigeria, Elisofon visited Ife, oldest town of Yoruba people who consider it a holy city & the legendary birthplace of mankind. 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 YRB 18.2 EE 71
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"West African Permanent Exhibit," held by Sinclair Community College at the Learning Resource Center Library in Dayton, Ohio, beginning 2001. LL01-0003
Local Note:
27
Frame value is 34.
Slide No. C 2 YRB 18.2 EE 71
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
Leaders  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 2108
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Nigeria
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7238fd664-abd8-4766-bbe5-7e7461851e36
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref12890

Enya chief with kalondoli or mokota's leopard-tooth chain, between Kisangani and Ubundu, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Enya (African people)  Search this
Genya (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1951
Scope and Contents:
"Historically the Wagenia of Kisangani represent an amalgamation of three kin groups, the Bina Nsoko, the Bina Nkulu and, the Bina Lombe. The Wagenia have been characterized by a segmented structure from the beginning. they lack a central authority. Tshesé is mostly used to refer to the entire tribe, while Tshebanda refer to kin group comprising only a few extended family. Despite the existence of chefs or village heads, the norm is for decisions to be made by mutual consultation among all adult males. As a result, long palavers may take place. In pre-colonial times, a kalondoli would try to appease conflicts in his own tshebanda. He nevertheless fulfilled no religious function, as well as no ancestor cult. In the Arabic period the kalondoli became a mokota, a modern term for chief. The whites continued the innovation of the office of mokota. They moreover introduced the new rule in the late 1920s that one mokota had to be chosen from among those of the various bebanda as all-Wagenia representative. The supreme chief took charge especially of external relations, thereby meeting the requirements of the newly arisen situation. Within the tribe, however, he was the first among his equals, like the kalondoli in the tshebanda. A chief in full array used to wear a bark loin-cloth, a shoulder-belt with a sheathed knife, a hemispherical leopard-skin hat fitting the head, a chain of leopard teeth, and neck-, arm- and leg-bands." [Droogers A., 1980: The Dangerous Journey, Symbolic Aspects of Boys' Initiation among the Wagenia of Kisangani, Zaire. Mouton Publishers, The Hague]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from early March 1951 to July 1951.
Local Numbers:
C 3 ENI 11.1 EE 51
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"Portraits of Leadership: Symbols of Rank and Power in Traditional Cultures," held by the Naval Historical Center at the Martin Lurther King Memorial Library in Washington, DC, from June 1 through August 31, 2003. L03-0081
Local Note:
Frame value is 0.
Slide No. C 3 ENI 11.1 EE 51
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
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Beadwork  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 2135
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Congo (Democratic Republic) / EECL / Kisangani, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo701759160-e441-488d-85bc-55f2e62dc2b6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref13192

Kuba Nyim (ruler) Kot a-Mbweeky III, in state dress with royal drum and royal basket, Mushenge, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
See Image no. EEPA EECL 2139 for best quality image of Kuba king in the series of photographs, EEPA EECL 2139 through EEPA EECL 2145.
The photograph depicts Nyim Kot a-Mbweeky III wearing royal dress 'Bwaantshy'; royal headdress known as 'Ntshuum Aniym'; necklace 'Lashyaash' made of leopard teeth; sword 'Mbombaam'; lance 'Mbwoom Ambady'; drums of reign 'Pelambish'; basket 'Kweemishaam'l' and other items of royal adornement. [Cornet J., 1982: Art Royal Kuba, Edizioni Sipiel Milano]. 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.
The full name of the Kuba Nyim depicted on the photograph is Kwεt áMbwε'ky René (III): aka Køt áMbwε'ky. Most full names consist of three successive personal names: the king's own name, the name of his mother and the name of his mother's mother connected by particles meaning "of." Only this ruler has a Christian name. The aka names are often used. The names are taken from Vansina Jan, Geschiedenis van de Kuba, Tervuren 1963 (genealogy 270,- 71; kings # 17 and following p.319-28).
Local Numbers:
C 3 KBA 5 EE 71
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"African Artistry: Gifts from the Faletti Family Collection," held by The Art Institute of Chicago from October 5, 2002 - March 16, 2003. LL02-0209
Local Note:
C22
Frame value is 10.
Slide No. C 3 KBA 5 EE 71
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
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  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 2141
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Congo (Democratic Republic) / EECL / Unidentified, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7cba3f4de-ea14-4e5a-b6d0-6b913ee983c4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref13258

Kuba Nyim (ruler) Kot a Mbweeky III, Bungamba village, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Nyim Kot a Mbweeky III wearing royal dress 'labot latwool'; royal headdress known as 'Shody'; necklace 'Lashyaash' made of leopard teeth; sword 'Mbombaam', lance 'Mbwoom Ambady' and other items of royal adornement. [Cornet J., 1982: Art Royal Kuba, Edizioni Sipiel Milano]. During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the village of Bungamba (Bongamba, Bongaam) between Mweka and Luebo, in the Kuba region. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
The full name of the Kuba Nyim depicted on the photograph is Kwεt áMbwε'ky René (III): aka Køt áMbwε'ky. Most full names consist of three successive personal names: the king's own name, the name of his mother and the name of his mother's mother connected by particles meaning "of." Only this ruler has a Christian name. The aka names are often used. The names are taken from Vansina Jan, Geschiedenis van de Kuba, Tervuren 1963 (genealogy 270,- 71; kings # 17 and following p.319-28).
Local Numbers:
C 3 KBA 12.5 EE 70
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"The Human Form in African Art: Selections from the Collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art," The Rye Arts Center, 6 January 2002 through 16 February 2002. LL01-0076
"The World Journey: Art in African Art," held by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, beginning August, 20, 2002. LL01-0212
Local Note:
Frame value is 4.
Slide No. C 3 KBA 12.5 EE 70
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:
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Weapons  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 2194
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Congo (Democratic Republic) / EECL / Bungamba Village, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7229f8389-5a44-4157-abb1-ba6f16fec33d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref13845

Kuba Nyim (ruler) Kot a Mbweeky III, Bungamba village, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Nyim Kot a Mbweeky III wearing royal dress 'labot latwool'; royal headdress known as 'Shody'; necklace 'Lashyaash' made of leopard teeth; sword 'Mbombaam', lance 'Mbwoom Ambady' and other items of royal adornement. [Cornet J., 1982: Art Royal Kuba, Edizioni Sipiel Milano]. During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the village of Bungamba (Bongamba, Bongaam) between Mweka and Luebo, in the Kuba region. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
The full name of the Kuba Nyim depicted on the photograph is Kwεt áMbwε'ky René (III): aka Køt áMbwε'ky. Most full names consist of three successive personal names: the king's own name, the name of his mother and the name of his mother's mother connected by particles meaning "of." Only this ruler has a Christian name. The aka names are often used. The names are taken from Vansina Jan, Geschiedenis van de Kuba, Tervuren 1963 (genealogy 270,- 71; kings # 17 and following p.319-28).
Local Numbers:
C 3 KBA 12.8 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
Sainsbury African Galleries held by the Sainsbury African Galleries from December of 2000 through November of 2003. LL01-0123
Local Note:
75
Frame value is 1.
Slide No. C 3 KBA 12.8 EE 70
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:
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Regalia  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Weapons  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 2197
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Congo (Democratic Republic) / EECL / Bungamba Village, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo79cbc9bd5-bf21-4dde-a8b2-6a0e3eabee16
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref13878

Lusolo, a lutumbo lwa kindi, wearing hat known as sawamazembe, near Kalima, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Lega (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1967
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Lusolo, a lutumbo lwa kindi (the highest grade in Bwami association) (Biebuyck 1973, 270), wearing an unusual hat of black goat manes known as sawamazembe. The hat, worn by men at the kindi level, duplicates a woman's mazembe hairstyle. Attached to the front are mussel shells that publicly proclaim the status of the wearer. In this instance the mussel shell that usually identifies the wearer's high rank has been replaced with buttons (Cameron 2001, 74). The necklace is made of imitation leopard teeth carved from elephant bones (Biebuyck 1973, 270). During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the Lega people at Pangi and its surroundings in the Maniema district. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for American Broadcasting Company and traveled to Africa from early December 1966 to early February 1967.
Local Numbers:
C 3 LGA 1.1 EE 67
General:
Citation source: Dr. Elisabeth L. Cameron, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa," held by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, from October 5, 2002 through May 4, 2003. LL02-0215
"Portraits of Leadership: Symbols of Rank and Power in Traditional Cultures," held by the Naval Historical Center at the Martin Lurther King Memorial Library in Washington, DC, from June 1 through August 31, 2003. L03-0081
Local Note:
Frame value is 28.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Topic:
Leaders  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Jewelry  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 2234
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Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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Kwilu Pende chief wearing bicorn headdress, Gungu, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Pende (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"The headdress shape conforms to Pende stylistic conventions: the bicorn headdress is said to allude to the strength and power of the buffalo in a reference to the associated powers of chieftancy. Among the Pende these headdresses are called ' Misango Mapende'." [Christine Mullen Kreamer, 1995: Spectacular Hats for Special Occasions. Crowning Achievements, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History]. During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited Gungu and its surroundings in Kwilu Pende people's region. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
C 3 PND 11 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"TxtStyles/Fashioning Identity," held by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, from June 6 through December 28, 2008.
Local Note:
80
Frame value is 19.
Slide No. C 3 PND 11 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Leaders  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- Buffaloes  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  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 2257
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Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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Yoruba woman wearing headties of their own creation, Ife, Nigeria

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
"In southern Nigeria, among the Yoruba, where women's headties are considered a key element in formal dress ensembles, the practice of wrapping and decorating the heads relates to critical Yoruba beliefs about the sacredness of the head and its role in defining aspects of personhood." [Arnoldi M., 1995: Wrapping the Head, Crowning Achievements, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History]. During his trip to Nigeria, Elisofon visited Ife in the Yoruba region. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
A 2 YRB 4.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"Discover Africa," in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, November 25, 2002 through October 31, 2003. L03-0011
Local Note:
N13
Frame value is 10.
Slide No. A 2 YRB 4.1 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  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 232
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Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo78d8ed0a3-1b9e-4cd2-af7e-1d832fb5052a
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Burchell's zebras and Thomson's Gazelles, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Tanzania
Date:
1966
Scope and Contents:
A relative of the horse family (Equidae) the zebra is a gregarious animal moving in herds of 20 to 100 or more. They often move with wildebeest and occasionally hartebeest or roan. This rather casual symbiosis with other species allows them to pool their defensive alertness and they usually have differing food preferences so grazing is not too competitive. Interestingly, the stripes of a zebra are unique on each animal, like fingerprints. Burchell's zebra, the subspecies found in Luangwa Valley has evenly spaced dark and light stripes as compared to those found in the south and east of Africa having broad light stripes with faint shadow stripes between the thin dark lines. Thomson's Gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii), which is around 60 to 90 cm (23 to 35 inches) in height at the shoulder and is coloured brown and white with a distinguishing black stripe (as in the picture on the right). The males have long, often curved, horns. Tommies, as they are familiarly called, exhibit a distinctive behaviour of stotting (running slowly and jumping high before fleeing) when they are threatened by predators. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for American Broadcasting Company and traveled to Africa from June 1966 to early August 1966.
Local Numbers:
V 4 MAM 82.4 EE 66
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
62
Frame value is 16.
Slide No. V 4 MAM 82.4 EE 66
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Animals -- Africa  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 25061
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref17307

Woman with four-lobed gold earrings, known locally as "kwottenai," Mopti, Mali

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Fulbe (African people)  Search this
Bozo (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Among the finest gold ornaments of the Sahel are the Peul earrings worn in the Mopti, Jenne and Macina regions of Mali. Twisted gold earrings are hammered into a four-lobed shape, often embellished with engraved designs." [Garrard T., 1989: Gold of Africa, Prestel]. During his trip to Mali, Elisofon visited Mopti, situated at the junction of the Bani & Niger rivers, and comprises three islands; inhabited by the Dogon, Fulani (Fulbe), Bambara (Bamana), Bwa & Bozo peoples. [The J. P. Getty Fund: Art and Architecture Thesaurus]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
D 1 BZO 5 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. LL03-0015
Local Note:
Frame value is 32.
Slide No. D 1 BZO 5 EE 70
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
Jewelry  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  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 2590
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7443ac564-7dee-40a5-a9c8-cb32e9387794
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref18238

Mossi woman with elaborate hairstyle, near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Mossi (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Burkina Faso
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
During his trip to Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Elisofon visited the Mossi people near Ouagadougou. 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:
D 1 MSS 2 EE 71
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"West African Permanent Exhibit," held by Sinclair Community College at the Learning Resource Center Library in Dayton, Ohio, beginning 2001. LL01-0003
Local Note:
4
Frame value is 20.
Slide No. D 1 MSS 2 EE 71
Collection Restrictions:
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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
Body marking -- Africa  Search this
Body arts  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 2665
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7ae90b12b-8579-4dac-b81c-7bfe9ee33f5b
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref18959

Kyaman woman wearing gold pendant attached to the hair, Anna village, Ivory Coast

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Kyaman (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1972
Scope and Contents:
The photograph depicts Kyaman woman wearing gold pendant in a style typical of the lagoons region. It is in the form of a crescent pointing downward with openwork designs. "Gold pendants were sometimes worn attached to the hair on festive occasions. This pendant human head is in a style typical of the lagoons region. Akesse Raphael, an Ebrie (now Kyaman) goldsmith, names the design as gobieheme, 'female healer'." [Timothy F. Garrard, 1989: Gold of Africa, Prestel]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for National Geographic and traveled to Africa from January 19, 1972 to mid April 1972.
Local Numbers:
D 2 EBR 8 EE 72
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"The Artistry of African Currency," organized and held by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from March through November of 2002. LL02-0098
Local Note:
29
Frame value is 23.
Slide No. D 2 EBR 8 EE 72
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
Jewelry  Search this
Body arts  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 2734
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Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref19036

Masked performers wearing pair of male and female Chi wara headdresses, Bamako (national district), Mali

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
"In Antilopes du soleil, his 1980 survey of ci wara, Dominique Zahan classifies this corpus of works in group I, which comprises pairs that overtly emphasize the differentiation of the male and female forms. Zahan notes that the social distinctions between men and women that suffuse Bamana society are referenced in the antelope sculptures through sexual attibutes: the male's penis and the infant carried by the female. Female ci wara headdress are also generally smaller than the males. The fawn depicted on her back is invariably a miniature representation of either the adult male or female. The fundamental differences underlying the designs of the male and female headdresses in this style derive from the fact that they are modeled on different species of animal. The head, neck, ears, and horns of the male form draw upon features of the roan antelope, known as dage, and its lower part refers to the aardvark. The female form is inspired by the oryx antelope." [La Gamma A., 2002: Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Yale University Press, New Haven and London]. 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:
E 1 BMB 4 EE 71
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. LL03-0015
Local Note:
Caption: Bamana Chi-wara (antelope) headdress dancers, near Bamako, Mali. Photograph by Eliot Elisofon, April, 1971. Image no. EEPA 3366. Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
48
Frame value is 33.
Slide No. E 1 BMB 4 EE 71
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
Dance  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Masks  Search this
Wood-carving  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- antelopes  Search this
Animals in art -- Composite animals  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  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 3366
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref19738

Masked performers wearing pair of male and female Chi wara headdresses, Bamako (national district), Mali

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
"In Antilopes du soleil, his 1980 survey of ci wara, Dominique Zahan classifies this corpus of works in group I, which comprises pairs that overtly emphasize the differentiation of the male and female forms. Zahan notes that the social distinctions between men and women that suffuse Bamana society are referenced in the antelope sculptures through sexual attibutes: the male's penis and the infant carried by the female. Female ci wara headdress are also generally smaller than the males. The fawn depicted on her back is invariably a miniature representation of either the adult male or female. The fundamental differences underlying the designs of the male and female headdresses in this style derive from the fact that they are modeled on different species of animal. The head, neck, ears, and horns of the male form draw upon features of the roan antelope, known as dage, and its lower part refers to the aardvark. The female form is inspired by the oryx antelope." [La Gamma A., 2002: Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Yale University Press, New Haven and London]. 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:
E 1 BMB 4.1 EE 71
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
Contexual image in "African Masks from the Noel Collection" held by the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia, 2003. LL03-0069
Local Note:
48
Frame value is 32.
Slide No. E 1 BMB 4.1 EE 71
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
Dance  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Masks  Search this
Wood-carving  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- antelopes  Search this
Animals in art -- Composite animals  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  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 3367
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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Drummers accompanying masked performers with male and female Chi wara headdresses, Bamako (national district), Mali

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
"In Antilopes du soleil, his 1980 survey of ci wara, Dominique Zahan classifies this corpus of works in group I, which comprises pairs that overtly emphasize the differentiation of the male and female forms. Zahan notes that the social distinctions between men and women that suffuse Bamana society are referenced in the antelope sculptures through sexual attibutes: the male's penis and the infant carried by the female. Female ci wara headdress are also generally smaller than the males. The fawn depicted on her back is invariably a miniature representation of either the adult male or female. The fundamental differences underlying the designs of the male and female headdresses in this style derive from the fact that they are modeled on different species of animal. The head, neck, ears, and horns of the male form draw upon features of the roan antelope, known as dage, and its lower part refers to the aardvark. The female form is inspired by the oryx antelope." [La Gamma A., 2002: Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Yale University Press, New Haven and London]. 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:
E 1 BMB 6 EE 71
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
"The World Journey: Art in African Art," held by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, , beginning August, 20, 2002. LL01-0212.
"African Art from the Permanent Collection," exhibited by the Neuberger Museum of Art, beginning in November, 2001. LL02-0040.
Local Note:
48
Frame value is 6.
Slide No. E 1 BMB 6 EE 71
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
Dance  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Masks  Search this
Wood-carving  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- antelopes  Search this
Animals in art -- Composite animals  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Music  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 3369
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref19741

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