Two African dancesAdditional title: Latooka funeral danceAdditional title: Obbo war dance
NamesBaker, Samuel White, Sir, 1821-1893 (Associated name)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1866 (Questionable)
Table of ContentsThe Latooka funeral dance -- The Obbo war dance.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Afr 1-2
TopicsDance -- Africa -- 19th centuryLotuko (African people) -- Funeral customs and rites
NotesTitle devised by cataloger.Biographical/historical: These prints were illustrations to Sir Samuel White Baker's book The Albert N'yanza: Great Basin of the Nile, and explorations of the Nile sources, first published in London by Macmillan in 1866, with numerous subsequent editions. They depicted events witnessed by Baker, a British explorer, during the course of an expedition to Albert Nyanza (Lake Albert, located between present-day Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1862-1865. The images were included in the exhibition To the Mountains of the Moon: mapping African exploration, 1541-1880, presented at the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, Princeton University, in 2007.
Physical DescriptionEngravingsExtent: 2 prints : engraving, b&w ; 14 x 22 cm.
DescriptionDepictions of two group dances performed in outdoor settings. In the Latooka funeral dance, men in plumed helmets and animal skins, bearing spears, dance to the accompaniment of a drummer. Women dance in the middle distance, with the huts of a village visible beyond them. The Obbo war dance appears to be performed by men only, armed with spears and shields. The four men in the foreground wear plumed headdresses, and their bodies are painted with stripes.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825551198NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759750Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 304f3380-ada1-0133-c224-00505686a51c
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