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King Georges Wives, Opobo, near Calabar, Nigeria, c. 1870 (albumen print)

King Georges Wives, Opobo, near Calabar, Nigeria, c. 1870 (albumen print)


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King Georges Wives, Opobo, near Calabar, Nigeria, c. 1870 (albumen print)

622667 King Georges Wives, Opobo, near Calabar, Nigeria, c.1870 (albumen print) by Joaque, Francis W. (c.1845-1900) (attr. to); 9.7x13.6 cm; Private Collection; eMichael Graham-Stewart; Sierra Leonean, out of copyright

Media ID 22616858

© Michael Graham-Stewart / Bridgeman Images

Anthropological Anthropology Ethnographic George Harem Huts Nigeria Nigerian Polygamy West Africa Wives Black And White Photograph Calabar Ethnography Polygamous


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This photograph, titled "King Georges Wives, Opobo, near Calabar, Nigeria" offers a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of West Africa in the late 19th century. Taken around 1870 by Joaque Francis W. , or attributed to him, this albumen print measures 9.7x13.6 cm and is now part of a private collection owned by eMichael Graham-Stewart. The image showcases a group of women dressed in traditional attire, proudly standing outside their huts in Opobo village. These women are believed to be wives of King George himself, highlighting the practice of polygamy prevalent during that era. The photograph provides valuable ethnographic and anthropological insights into Nigerian society at the time. The composition exudes an air of authenticity as it captures not only the intricate costumes worn by these African women but also their sense of community within a vibrant village setting. Each hut represents a unique story and way of life within this close-knit community. Preserved through time, this historic snapshot serves as a testament to both the artistic skill behind early photography and its power to document cultural heritage for generations to come. As we delve into this mesmerizing piece from Sierra Leonean photographer Joaque Francis W. , we are transported back in time to witness an important chapter in Nigeria's history - one that celebrates tradition, diversity, and the resilience of its people.

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