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Two African dances
Additional title: Latooka funeral dance
Additional title: Obbo war dance
Baker, Samuel White, Sir, 1821-1893 (Associated name)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1866 (Questionable)
Table of Contents
The Latooka funeral dance -- The Obbo war dance.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Afr 1-2
Dance -- Africa -- 19th century
Lotuko (African people) -- Funeral customs and rites
Title 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 Description
Extent: 2 prints : engraving, b&w ; 14 x 22 cm.
Depictions 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 Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825551198
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759750
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 304f3380-ada1-0133-c224-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1821: Creator Born
  • 1866: Issued
  • 1893: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Two African dances" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1866.

Chicago/Turabian Format

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Two African dances