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The Obbo war dance
Baker, Samuel White, Sir, 1821-1893 (Associated name)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Two African dances

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1866
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Afr 2
Dance -- Africa -- 19th century
Biographical/historical: This print, along with *MGZFX Anon Afr 1, was an illustration 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. It depicts 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. Both 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: 1 print : engraving, black & white ; 14 x 22 cm.
Depiction of a group dance performed in outdoor setting. 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): 8300efc0-5653-013c-4957-0242ac110003
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1821: Creator Born
  • 1866: Issued
  • 1893: Creator Died
  • 2023: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Obbo war dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1866. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/d59104a0-d359-0133-f35a-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Obbo war dance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 15, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/d59104a0-d359-0133-f35a-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1866). The Obbo war dance Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/d59104a0-d359-0133-f35a-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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The Obbo war dance