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The innumerable stone figures of Esie, Nigeria, 1940 - 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011U/101

Scope and Contents

The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'They were discovered in a clearing amidst a grove of oil palms and other trees, the clearing itself bordered by peregun trees, a kind of aloes planted round holy places. The grove is today an important centre of the fertility cult. Natives of Esie found the figures about 1773. The grove was kept secret until 1933, when an English missionary was told about it by one of his African mission teachers'. Photograph by Margot Lubinski.


  • 1940 - 1949


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.



Date information

DateText: Dated '1940s' in the original typescript catalogue..


Lubinski, Margot, fl 1940-1949, photographer

Finding aid date

2003-10-27 15:17:26+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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