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Marli Shamir collection

Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
33 Negatives (photographic) (color, 35mm)
1790 Negatives (photographic) (black and white, 120mm)
1,519 Color slides (35mm)
Culture:
San (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Fulani  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Color slides
Photographic print
Place:
Djenné (Mali)
Mali
Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso
Timbuktu (Mali)
Mali, -- Bamako
Niger
Mopti (Mali)
Israel
Date:
1966-1976
Summary:
Collection dates from 1966 to 1976 and includes 1,817 black and white negatives, 1,519 35mm color slides, several hundred prints, and manuscript materials. Locations include Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Israel, Mali, and Niger and depict agriculture, architecture, especially mosques, landscapes, marketplaces, masquerade and musical performances, sculptures, and textiles. Peoples depicted include the Bambara, Bella, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Gao, Mandingo, San, Songhai, and Tuarag peoples.
Scope and Contents:
This collection dates from 1966 to 1976 and includes 1,817 black and white negatives, 1,519 35mm color slides, several hundred prints, and manuscript materials. Images were taken in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Israel, Mali, and Niger and depict agriculture, architecture, especially mosques, landscapes, marketplaces, masquerade and musical performances, sculptures, textiles. Peoples depicted include the Bambara, Bella, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Gao, Mandingo, San, Songhai, and Tuarag peoples.
Arrangement:
Arranged in four series, according to format.

Series 1: Negatives

Series 2: Slides

Series 3: Photographic Prints

Series 4: Manuscript Materials
Biographical / Historical:
Marli Shamir (1919-2016) was an Israeli photographer known for her extensive work in Mali, the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso from 1966-1973. Born and raised in Berlin, Shamir started studying photography during her teenage years and took photography classes at the Contempora Lehrateliers für neue Werkkunst (1934-1937).

In 1938, she was forced to immigrate to Israel where she initially lived in a kibbutz. From 1941-1943, she worked at the mineralogy department of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, and then opened her own studio in Jerusalem in 1945. In 1953, she married Meir Shamir, a former Israeli Diplomat-Ambassador, and from 1966-1973 she lived successively in Mali, Gabon and Cote d'Ivoire. She held a particular fascination with architecture, monuments, mosques, arts and habitants.

During her stay in Mali, she met Pascal James Imperato with whom she wrote the article "Bokolanfini Mud Cloth of the Bamana of Mali" (African Arts, 1970). In 1976, she produced the exhibition Sahel at the Israeli museum in Jerusalem, which focused on the rural and urban architecture and people of the Sahel. The exhibition toured in Europe later that year. From 1977-1981, she lived in Strasbourg, where she focused on documenting the new style of architecture in Mali. Her work on this project is stored at the Center of Documentation in Strasbourg.

In 2005, a book devoted to her photographs from Mali was published by the Grandvaux French Edition House. The National Poet of Mali, Albakaye Ousmane Kounta, collaborated with Shamir on a book of poetry, Djenney-Ferey –La terre habitee (published by Grandaux, 2007), which is illustrated with Shamir's photographs. Shamir passed away in 2016 at the age of 93.
Related Materials:
The Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives also holds another collection of Shamir's photographs, EEPA 1995-025.
Provenance:
Purchased, 2013
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:
Slides (Photography)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives (photographic)
Photographic print
Citation:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2013-009
Online Media:

People shopping at a market outside of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 596
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1869
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4010

People shopping at a market outside of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 597
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1870
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4011

People shopping at a market outside of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 598
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1871
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4012

A view of Djenné from the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 599
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1872
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4013

People shopping at a market outside of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 901
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1873
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4014

People shopping at a market outside of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 902
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1874
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4015

Three men talking in front of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 903
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1875
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4016

People gathered in front of the steps of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 904
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1876
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4017

A minarette of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 905
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1877
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4018

People exiting from the steps of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 907
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1879
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4019

People gathered in front of the steps of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 908
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1880
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4020

A view Djenné from the roof of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 909
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1881
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4021

A view Djenné from the roof of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 910
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1882
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4022

An adobe house on a street in Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 910A
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1883
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4023

A view of Djenné as seen from the roof of a Mosque, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 911
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1884
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4024

People walking past an adobe house on a street in Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 911A
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1885
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4025

A view Djenné from the roof of the Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 912
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1886
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4026

Three men in front of an adobe house on a street in Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 912A
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1887
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4027

Pirogue boats on the Niger River outside of Djenné, Djenné, Mali

Collection Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Date:
1971
General:
Original slide number: 913
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:
Marli Shamir collection, EEPA 2013-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2013-009, Item EEPA 2013-009-1888
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Marli Shamir collection
Marli Shamir collection / Series 2: Slides / 2.4: Mali / Djenné
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2013-009-ref4028

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