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A group of Bundu girls in the Vassa country, Upper Mendi, 1891-02

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30446F/2

Scope and Contents

157 x 111 mm. A head and shoulders portrait (slightly blurred through movement) of four young Bundu girls their hair elaborately arranged: 'The foundation of the coiffure is most elaborate plaiting, upon which is built up this extraordinary structure; here again we have the bunches of Bundu medicine seeds already mentioned. The hairdressing of this country is ... Done up to present a full and broad front, extending from ear to ear, the high coiffure slanting back at a considerable angle. Three of these girls are wearing rope-like necklaces, which are made from very fine flexible can bugles, dyed red with camwood and threaded. Earrings are worn; they are three pieces of a thin similarly dyed cane, forming a triangle. The forehead of the girl to the right of the picture is heavily dressed with the country wqieh [a substance composed of white clay and animal fat], and each carried over her right shoulder many fetishes belonging to the Bundu order. It is a very interesting group, thoroughly characteristic of this part of the country.' (Alldridge 1901, page 212).

A photograph probably taken in February 1891 at Yandahu Vassa on the 21st of which month Alldridge made a treaty with Fabanne, chief of the Vassa country.


  • 1891-02

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from slight yellowing.


Reproduced in (Alldridge 1901, figure 63).



Finding aid date

2003-03-21 11:27:26+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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