Collections | National Museum of African Art

Top Menu

Switch View
Pendant
Date: Mid-20th century
Medium: Aluminum
Dimensions: H x W x D: 5.7 x 7.0 x 0.1 cm (2 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1/16 in.)
Credit Line: Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
Geography: Malakal area, South Sudan
Object Number: 73-7-746
Search Terms:
weapon
foreigner
leopard
sun
male
Adornment
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. Fur tassels hung behind the woman's neck. The man wore a round pendant with a bovine (see 73-7-750).

Rectangular aluminum pendant with incised, punched design of man with gun shooting a leopard attacking a second man, with a sun in the sky above.

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



The Stranger Among Us, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., March 24-September 7, 1982


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


My Collections

Login



OR

Register

* required field.








Create New Collection

Public?

Edit Collection

Public?