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Exploring the Rich Heritage of Africa: Captivating glimpses into African culture and history through stunning black-and-white photographs

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Ancient Egypt, The eye of Horus, Wall painting, fresco, mural, Tomb of Sennufer, 18th Dynasty

Ancient Egypt, The eye of Horus, Wall painting, fresco, mural, Tomb of Sennufer, 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom, Thebes
3476174 Ancient Egypt, The eye of Horus, Wall painting, fresco, mural, Tomb of Sennufer, 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom, Thebes, Luxor (photo) by Egyptian; (add.info.: Ancient Egypt, The eye of Horus)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Rest during the flight into Egypt, known as the Zingarella, 1510-20 (oil on wood)

Rest during the flight into Egypt, known as the Zingarella, 1510-20 (oil on wood)
8620044 Rest during the flight into Egypt, known as the Zingarella, 1510-20 (oil on wood) by Dossi, Dosso (c.1479-1542); Galleria Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta), Parma

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Anthropoid sarcophagus of the dignitary Osoroeris, detail, late tolemaic period

Anthropoid sarcophagus of the dignitary Osoroeris, detail, late tolemaic period
8620093 Anthropoid sarcophagus of the dignitary Osoroeris, detail, late tolemaic period by Egyptian Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC); Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Wall relief from the tomb of Amenemon, 1405-1370 BC (stone)

Wall relief from the tomb of Amenemon, 1405-1370 BC (stone)
8620092 Wall relief from the tomb of Amenemon, 1405-1370 BC (stone) by Egyptian, (15th century BC); Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta), Parma, Emlia-Romagna

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Commander Dundas shooting ostriches on the plains, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)

Commander Dundas shooting ostriches on the plains, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)
8631464 Commander Dundas shooting ostriches on the plains, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: The dreams of Joseph excite his Brothers jealousy (colour litho)

The dreams of Joseph excite his Brothers jealousy (colour litho)
8623862 The dreams of Joseph excite his Brothers jealousy (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The dreams of Joseph excite his Brothers jealousy)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Ptolemaeer-Kameo, 1820 (lithograph)

Ptolemaeer-Kameo, 1820 (lithograph)
8914783 Ptolemaeer-Kameo, 1820 (lithograph) by Fendi, Peter (1796-1842); Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria; (add.info.: Ptolemaeer-Kameo, lithograph in black and 3 colours (blue)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Street scene from Cairo, Egypt (colour litho)

Street scene from Cairo, Egypt (colour litho)
6033709 Street scene from Cairo, Egypt (colour litho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Street scene from Cairo, Egypt)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Siege of Mek'ele, Ethiopia, 1896 (chromolitho)

Siege of Mek'ele, Ethiopia, 1896 (chromolitho)
2782553 Siege of Mek'ele, Ethiopia, 1896 (chromolitho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Siege of Mek'ele, Ethiopia, 1896)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Rest on the flight into Egypt, c.1575-80 (oil on canvas)

Rest on the flight into Egypt, c.1575-80 (oil on canvas)
8620061 Rest on the flight into Egypt, c.1575-80 (oil on canvas) by Trotti, Giovanni Battista (Il Malosso) (1555-1619); Galleria Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta), Parma

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Camel caravan at the graves of the Caliphs in Cairo, Egypt (colour litho)

Camel caravan at the graves of the Caliphs in Cairo, Egypt (colour litho)
6033723 Camel caravan at the graves of the Caliphs in Cairo, Egypt (colour litho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Captain Lelievre's heroic defense in Mazagran (February 1840), detail, 19th century (oil on canvas)

Captain Lelievre's heroic defense in Mazagran (February 1840), detail, 19th century (oil on canvas)
7305476 Captain Lelievre's heroic defense in Mazagran (February 1840), detail, 19th century (oil on canvas) by Beauce, Jean Adolphe (1818-75); Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Narbonne

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Anthropoid sarcophagus of the dignitary Osoroeris, detail, late tolemaic period

Anthropoid sarcophagus of the dignitary Osoroeris, detail, late tolemaic period
8620096 Anthropoid sarcophagus of the dignitary Osoroeris, detail, late tolemaic period by Egyptian Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC); Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Mahongwe Mask (wood)

Mahongwe Mask (wood)
BCC11167 Mahongwe Mask (wood) by South Central African School, (19th century); Dr. Werner Muensterberger Collection, London, UK

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Field-Marshal Lord Roberts (b/w photo)

Field-Marshal Lord Roberts (b/w photo)
8639062 Field-Marshal Lord Roberts (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Field-Marshal Lord Roberts)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Lord Roberts, Lord Kitchener, and Staff Riding into Pretoria, 5 June 1900 (litho)

Lord Roberts, Lord Kitchener, and Staff Riding into Pretoria, 5 June 1900 (litho)
8639060 Lord Roberts, Lord Kitchener, and Staff Riding into Pretoria, 5 June 1900 (litho) by Paget, Sidney (1860-1908); Private Collection; (add.info.: Lord Roberts, Lord Kitchener)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Portuguese raising a stone pillar at the mouth of the River Congo, 1482 (colour litho)

Portuguese raising a stone pillar at the mouth of the River Congo, 1482 (colour litho)
8672903 Portuguese raising a stone pillar at the mouth of the River Congo, 1482 (colour litho) by Gameiro, Alfredo Roque (1864-1935); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: New Testament: The Return from Egypt (colour litho)

New Testament: The Return from Egypt (colour litho)
8658758 New Testament: The Return from Egypt (colour litho) by Copping, Harold (1863-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Return from Egypt)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: The Oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, Before Christ 1588 Years, Exodus I (engraving)

The Oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, Before Christ 1588 Years, Exodus I (engraving)
8658651 The Oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, Before Christ 1588 Years, Exodus I (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: New Testament: The Flight into Egypt (colour litho)

New Testament: The Flight into Egypt (colour litho)
8658762 New Testament: The Flight into Egypt (colour litho) by Copping, Harold (1863-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Flight into Egypt)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Do You Know: Which is the only regiment to wear two cap badges? (colour litho)

Do You Know: Which is the only regiment to wear two cap badges? (colour litho)
8668142 Do You Know: Which is the only regiment to wear two cap badges? (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: World's Children: Sewing (colour litho)

World's Children: Sewing (colour litho)
8625666 World's Children: Sewing (colour litho) by Menpes, Mortimer Ludington (1855-1938); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sewing)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: World's Children: Moorish, At Play (colour litho)

World's Children: Moorish, At Play (colour litho)
8625662 World's Children: Moorish, At Play (colour litho) by Menpes, Mortimer Ludington (1855-1938); Private Collection; (add.info.: Moorish, At Play)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Shadoof on river Nile, c.1900 (photo)

Shadoof on river Nile, c.1900 (photo)
7292982 Shadoof on river Nile, c.1900 (photo); (add.info.: Geography. Egypt. A shadoof (well pole) on the banks of the River Nile. Photo, Egypt, ca 1900.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Malagasy mother with baby, c.1910 (b/w photo)

Malagasy mother with baby, c.1910 (b/w photo)
7292897 Malagasy mother with baby, c.1910 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Geography. Madagascar. Malagasy mother holding her baby. Photo, Madagascar, ca 1910.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Harbour of Alexandria, c.1910 (b/w photo)

Harbour of Alexandria, c.1910 (b/w photo)
7292887 Harbour of Alexandria, c.1910 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Geography. Egypt. The harbour of Alexandria. Photo, Egypt, ca 1910.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Sudan-Negermadchen (b/w photo)

Sudan-Negermadchen (b/w photo)
8671286 Sudan-Negermadchen (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sudan-Negermadchen)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Africa: Eastern Djur archer (b/w photo)

Africa: Eastern Djur archer (b/w photo)
8664843 Africa: Eastern Djur archer (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Eastern Djur archer)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Africa: Djur girl, Sudan (b/w photo)

Africa: Djur girl, Sudan (b/w photo)
8664840 Africa: Djur girl, Sudan (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Djur girl, Sudan)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Africa: Shilluk Rafts (b/w photo)

Africa: Shilluk Rafts (b/w photo)
8664837 Africa: Shilluk Rafts (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Shilluk Rafts)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Africa: Nuer girl wearing giraffe-hair necklace (b/w photo)

Africa: Nuer girl wearing giraffe-hair necklace (b/w photo)
8664829 Africa: Nuer girl wearing giraffe-hair necklace (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nuer girl wearing giraffe-hair necklace)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Africa: Nuer girl with ornamental scars (b/w photo)

Africa: Nuer girl with ornamental scars (b/w photo)
8664826 Africa: Nuer girl with ornamental scars (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nuer girl with ornamental scars)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Africa: Nuer girls and children (b/w photo)

Africa: Nuer girls and children (b/w photo)
8664822 Africa: Nuer girls and children (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nuer girls and children)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, painted limestone, 14th century BC

Bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, painted limestone, 14th century BC
AIS5337357 Bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, painted limestone, 14th century BC.; Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany; (add.info.: Bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti (1353-1336 BC)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Tomb and Madrasa of the Mamluk Sultan Qa'it Bay (Qaitbay or Qaytbay, Kait Bey, Qait Bay, Kaietbai)

Tomb and Madrasa of the Mamluk Sultan Qa'it Bay (Qaitbay or Qaytbay, Kait Bey, Qait Bay, Kaietbai, ca)
AIS5375593 Tomb and Madrasa of the Mamluk Sultan Qa'it Bay (Qaitbay or Qaytbay, Kait Bey, Qait Bay, Kaietbai, ca. 1416-1496), Egypt, Cairo

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Aida, by Verdi, 1879 (sketch)

Aida, by Verdi, 1879 (sketch)
8698381 Aida, by Verdi, 1879 (sketch) by Lacroix, Eugene (1858-1950); Bibliotheque-Musee de l'Opera Garnier, Paris, France; (add.info.: Music)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Pyramid in Egypt, c.1900 (photo)

Pyramid in Egypt, c.1900 (photo)
8698315 Pyramid in Egypt, c.1900 (photo) by Bonfils Studio (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; (add.info.: Geography. Egypt. Cairo, Khafre's Pyramid)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Portugal colonialism in Angola, 1903-03 (b/w photo)

Portugal colonialism in Angola, 1903-03 (b/w photo)
7292905 Portugal colonialism in Angola, 1903-03 (b/w photo); (add.info.: History. Negotiations on rubber between indigenous people and Portuguese settlers)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Feticheur in Senegal, 1920-30 (photo)

Feticheur in Senegal, 1920-30 (photo)
7292902 Feticheur in Senegal, 1920-30 (photo); (add.info.: Geography. Senegal. Youg feticheur (witch) woman. Photo, Senegal, ca 1920-30.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Camel cavalry, c.1918-20 (photo)

Camel cavalry, c.1918-20 (photo)
7292873 Camel cavalry, c.1918-20 (photo); (add.info.: Geography. Sudan. British imperial camel corps near Omdurman. Photo, Sudan, ca 1918-20.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: A fight in boats, c.1685 (pen, ink)

A fight in boats, c.1685 (pen, ink)
7341838 A fight in boats, c.1685 (pen, ink) by Velde, Willem van de, the Younger (1633-1707); 21.7x32.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Willem van de Velde)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Fleet with a ship on fire, 18th century (pen & ink drawing, grey wash)

Fleet with a ship on fire, 18th century (pen & ink drawing, grey wash)
7341813 Fleet with a ship on fire, 18th century (pen & ink drawing, grey wash) by Cleveley, Robert (1747-1809); 29x35.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: A new and correct sea chart of the whole world showing the variations of the compass as they were

A new and correct sea chart of the whole world showing the variations of the compass as they were found in the year
7340787 A new and correct sea chart of the whole world showing the variations of the compass as they were found in the year 1700, 1702 (engraving) by British School

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: A great hunting day! 1900 (engraving)

A great hunting day! 1900 (engraving)
8677949 A great hunting day! 1900 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: A great hunting day! 1900 engraving by P. Malher and E)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: An Egyptian tomb

An Egyptian tomb
5305138 An Egyptian tomb.; (add.info.: Fresco depicting a bird scene from an ancient Egyptian tomb. Dated 13th Century BC.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: The great lighthouse of Alexandria

The great lighthouse of Alexandria
5307255 The great lighthouse of Alexandria.; (add.info.: 18th century representation of the great lighthouse of Alexandria which was built in 280 BC on the Island of Pharos)

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: 18th century Russian orthodox icon of the Archangel Michael. Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow. Russia

18th century Russian orthodox icon of the Archangel Michael. Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow. Russia
5306110 18th century Russian orthodox icon of the Archangel Michael. Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow. Russia; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAfrica African African Collection: Part of the dockyard and Simon's Bay, late 1880s (b/w photo)

Part of the dockyard and Simon's Bay, late 1880s (b/w photo)
7295471 Part of the dockyard and Simon's Bay, late 1880s (b/w photo); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Prominent is the 1815 sail loft)



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Exploring the Rich Heritage of Africa: Captivating glimpses into African culture and history through stunning black-and-white photographs. From Mr Smeedon's Villa to Djenan-el-Mufti, Algiers, immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of these iconic landmarks. The entrance to Mr Smeedon's Villa invites you into a world where time stands still, while El Bardo captivates with its timeless charm. Discover the hidden treasures of Algeria as you wander through El Bardo, an ancient city steeped in history. Marvel at the intricate details of the loggia at Mr Smeedon's Villa and be transported back in time. Djenan-el-Mufti mesmerizes with its fountain court, a tranquil oasis amidst bustling Algiers. Delve deeper into Africa's past as you encounter artifacts like the Shawabty Box of Ditamenpaankh, a testament to ancient craftsmanship. And witness the dramatic scene depicted in 'The Submersion of Pharaoh's Army in the Red Sea, ' an awe-inspiring woodcut that brings history alive before your eyes. Join us on this captivating journey through Africa - where every photo tells a story and every moment is filled with wonder.