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Date: ca. 1947
Medium: Aluminum, fur, plant fiber
Dimensions: L: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)
Credit Line: Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
Geography: Malakal area, South Sudan
Object Number: 73-7-766
Search Terms:
Female use
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 (73-7-750). This photograph shows the woman's pendant (73-7-746) as part of a chain necklace with fur tassels that hung on the back of the woman's neck; the disks hung in front, towards the pendant.

Three fur tassels hanging from a chain with two flattened aluminum disks. Pictured with 73-7-746 (aluminum pendant).

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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