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Eva L. R. Meyerowitz Photographs

Photographer:
Meyerowitz, Eva Levine-Richter, 1899-1994  Search this
Creator:
Meyerowitz, Herbert Vladimir, 1900-1945  Search this
Extent:
88 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 35 mm)
268 copy negatives (black and white, 35 mm)
285 Photographic prints ((0.4 cubic feet; 3 binders), black and white, 8 x 10 inches or smaller)
16 contact sheets (black and white, 8 1/2 x 11 inches or smaller)
Culture:
Fon (African people)  Search this
Konkomba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Copy negatives
Photographic prints
Contact sheets
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa
Abomey (Benin)
Umahahya (Nigeria)
Techiman (Ghana)
Benin
Ghana
Nigeria
Date:
circa 1936 - circa 1937
Summary:
This collection consists of negatives and photographic prints taken in 1936 and 1937 by Eva L.R. Meyerowitz in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana. Peoples depicted include the Akan, Fon, Konkomba, and Tallensi and subjects include artisans, blacksmiths, dancing, markets, artwork and objects that were originally displyed in King Bezu's palace in Abomey, potters, shrines, and vernacular architeture.
Scope and Contents:
This collection measures 0.5 cubic feet and consists of negatives and photographs taken by Eva L.R. Meyerowitz in Abomey, Republic of Benin; Umahahya, Nigeria; and Techiman, Ghana. Peoples depicted include the Akan, Fon, Konkomba, and Tallensi. Subjects include artisans; artwork and objects that were originally displyed in King Bezu's palace in Abomey, including sculptures, staffs, applique cloth, and bas-reliefs; blacksmiths; dancing; a Legba shrine; markets, including one in Bohicon, Nigeria; potters; priests and priestesses at Abomey; and vernacular architeture. Individuals depicted include two wives of King Behanzin, Prince Justin Aho, and the only surviving Dahomey Amazon women warriors who had fought against the French in 1894.
Arrangement:
Collection arranged in two series by format:

Series 1: Negatives, 356 items, 0.1 cubic feet (1 box), 1936-1937

Series 2: Photographic Prints, 0.4 cubic feet (3 volumes), circa 1936 - circa 1937
Biographical / Historical:
Born in Berlin, Eva Lewin-Richter Meyerowitz (1899-1994) was an anthropologist and photographer. In 1925 she married sculptor, educator, and British colonial administrator in Africa, Herbert Meyerowitz (1900-1945). They had one child. Eva and Herbert moved to South Africa and collaboratively surveyed the indigenous crafts of the Gold Coast. In South Africa, Herbert taught at Cape Town University and opened an art school. Having moved away from Africa for several years, Meyerowitz returned after World War II and lived for forty years in the Bono-Tekyiman State of Ghana. She was made Queen Mother there in 1950.

Some of Meyerowitz's publications include: The Akan of Ghana (1958); The Divine Kingship in Ghana and Ancient Egypt (1962); and At the Court of an African King (1962).
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:
Tallensi (African people)  Search this
Akan (African people)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Eva L. R. Meyerowitz photographs, EEPA 1987-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-009
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Eva L. R. Meyerowitz Photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1987-009
Online Media:

Photographic Prints

Collection Photographer:
Meyerowitz, Eva Levine-Richter, 1899-1994  Search this
Collection Creator:
Meyerowitz, Herbert Vladimir, 1900-1945  Search this
Extent:
285 Photographic prints ((3 volumes), black and white, 8 x 10 inches or smaller)
16 contact sheets (black and white, 8 1/2 x 11 inches or smaller)
Container:
Volume 2, Item 1-130
Volume 3, Item 131-260
Volume 4, Item 261-285
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Contact sheets
Date:
circa 1936 - circa 1937
Scope and Contents:
This series is comprised of 285 photographic prints (copy and vintage) and 16 contact sheets taken by Eva L.R. Meyerowitz in Abomey, Republic of Benin; Umahahya, Nigeria; and Techiman, Ghana. Peoples depicted include the Akan, Fon, Konkomba, and Tallensi. Subjects include artisans; artwork and objects that were originally displyed in King Bezu's palace in Abomey, including sculptures, staffs, applique cloth, and bas-reliefs; blacksmiths; dancing; a Legba shrine; markets, including one in Bohicon, Nigeria; potters; priests and priestesses at Abomey; and vernacular architeture. Individuals depicted include two wives of King Behanzin, Prince Justin Aho, and the only surviving Dahomey Amazon women warriors who had fought against the French in 1894.
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:
Eva L. R. Meyerowitz photographs, EEPA 1987-009, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-009, Series 2
See more items in:
Eva L. R. Meyerowitz Photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1987-009-ref1229

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