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Necklace
Date: ca. 1947
Medium: Aluminum
Dimensions: L x W: 33.7 x 8.6 cm (13 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.)
Credit Line: Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
Geography: Malakal area, South Sudan
Object Number: 73-7-744
Search Terms:
Adornment
Female use
male
weapon
foreigner
Object is not currently on exhibit

In 1947 in Kwon Fashoda, Sudan, Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon photographed a man named Adieng Luon making aluminum pendants with metal from an airplane crash. Close by, near Malakal, Elisofon photographed a man and two women wearing the pendants on chains. From his field photographs it seems that the women wore rectangular pendants with incised and punched scenes of western garbed men with guns. The man wore a round pendant with a bovine.

Rectangular aluminum pendant with incised decoration of four men in western dress with guns and braided motif around perimeter, on a chain.

Eliot Elisfon, New York, collected Malakal, Sudan, 1947 to 1973


Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 21, 2013-December 14, 2014


Staples, Amy J. 2014. "Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon." Tribal Art 19 (2), no. 71, p. 86, no. (installation view).


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