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William Brill photographs

Collector:
Brill, William, 1918-2003  Search this
Extent:
479 Photographic prints (object copy prints; black & white, 8 x 10 in. or smaller )
17 photocopies
Note:
Located offsite at Iron Mountain (box 97464370).
Culture:
Loma (African people)  Search this
Makonde (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Punu (African people)  Search this
Asante (African people)  Search this
Zulu (African people)  Search this
Luba (African people)  Search this
Senufo (African people)  Search this
Baule (African people)  Search this
Kuba (African people)  Search this
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Photocopies
Place:
Mali
Africa
Cameroon
Nigeria
Date:
circa 1983
Summary:
This collection is comprised of photographs collected by William W. Brill to document his personal collection of African art objects, which primarily contains masks, sculpted figures, and tools.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of photographs collected by William W. Brill to document his personal collection of African art objects, which primarily contains masks, sculpted figures, and tools. Masks documented are from the following peoples: Hemba, Lulua, Makonde, and Bbagani. Sculptural figures shown were created by the following groups: Bassa, Dogon, Kulango, Kuyu, Loma, Luba, Lunda, Punu, and Tabwa. Other objecs shown include an Asante comb, Asante royal staff, Baule animal head, Bete heddle pulley, Chokwe comb, Ijo staff, Kuba headrest, Lele staff, Ndengese axe handle, Senufo ceremonial container, Senufo wine strainer, Yela staff, Yoruba house post, Zulu comb, and Zulu hunter's staff. There are also images of musical instruments including bells, flutes, and rhythm pounders from Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, and Zaire. Photographers represented include Tony Fitsch, Al Mozell and Bernard Pierre Wolff.
Biographical / Historical:
William W. Brill (1918-2003) received a B.A. from Yale University and was the president of the Mutual Real Estate Investment Trust in New York. He started collecting African art around 1960 and has donated several art objects to museums.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
For study purposes only. Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art objects  Search this
Masks, African  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Citation:
William Brill Photographs, EEPA 1985-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-001
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1985-001

Lake Bosumtwi, south of Kumasi, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 27 EE 59
General:
The date on the slide is OCT 59.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 1.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 27 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Landscape -- Photographs  Search this
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18711
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10258

Lake Bosumtwi, south of Kumasi, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Lake Bosumtwi is situated in south-central Ghana, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Kumasi. The only true inland lake in the country, it has no surface outlet and was formed in a meteorite impact crater. With an area of 19 square miles (49 square km) and a depth of 230-240 feet (70-73 metres), the lake is fed by small streams that tumble down the crater's steep sides (500-1,400 feet [150-425 metres] above water level). Development of tourist facilities on the lakeshore in 1976 led to the resettlement of the residents of Abonu. ["Lake Bosumtwi." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 May. 2009]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 28 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 3.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 28 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18712
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10259

Natural landscapes

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Lake Bosumtwi, sacred lake of the Asante, near Kumasi, Ghana. The date on the slide is OCT 59.
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 29 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 4.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 29 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Landscape -- Photographs  Search this
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18713
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10260

Natural landscapes

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Lake Bosumtwi, sacred lake of the Asante, near Kumasi, Ghana. The date on the slide is OCT 59.
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 30 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 12.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 30 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Landscape -- Photographs  Search this
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18714
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10261

Natural landscapes

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Lake Bosumtwi, sacred lake of the Asante, near Kumasi, Ghana. The date on the slide is OCT 59.
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 30.1 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 17.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 30.1 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Landscape -- Photographs  Search this
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18715
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10262

Lake Bosumtwi, south of Kumasi, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Lake Bosumtwi is situated in south-central Ghana, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Kumasi. The only true inland lake in the country, it has no surface outlet and was formed in a meteorite impact crater. With an area of 19 square miles (49 square km) and a depth of 230-240 feet (70-73 metres), the lake is fed by small streams that tumble down the crater's steep sides (500-1,400 feet [150-425 metres] above water level). Development of tourist facilities on the lakeshore in 1976 led to the resettlement of the residents of Abonu. ["Lake Bosumtwi." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 May. 2009]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 31 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 7.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 31 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18716
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10263

Natural landscapes

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Lake Bosumtwi, sacred lake of the Asante, near Kumasi, Ghana. The date on the slide is OCT 59.
Local Numbers:
U 2 GHA 32 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 32
Frame value is 11.
Slide No. U 2 GHA 32 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Landscape -- Photographs  Search this
Natural landscapes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 18717
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref10264

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Frame value is 25.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 1 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4654
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21166

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 2 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Frame value is 27.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 2 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4655
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21167

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 2.0.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
Frame value is 28.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 2.0.1 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4656
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21168

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 3 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 21.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 3 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4657
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21169

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 3.0.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 24.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 3.0.1 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4658
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21170

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 4 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 25.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 4 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
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Dance  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4659
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Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 5 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 22.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 5 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4660
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21172

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 5.0.1 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 29.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 5.0.1 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4661
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21173

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 5.0.2 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 31.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 5.0.2 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4662
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21175

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 6 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 4.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 6 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4663
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21176

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 7 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 6.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 7 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4664
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21177

Shrine house priestess Okomfoyaa Anosua and attendants, Besease, Ghana

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Asante (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Ghana
Date:
1970
Scope and Contents:
"Similar to a typical traditional Asante courtyard house, a shrine house or 'Obosomfie' is made up of 4 buildings enclosing a central courtyard or 'gyase'. Three of the buildings are open to the courtyard with raised floors. One of these is reserved for the drummers; another room is used by the singers; the third open room is used as a cooking area where ceremonial meals were regularly prepared to be partaken of by the gods. The fourth building, housing the shrine, is closed by decorated walls or intricate open-work screen walls. The entry to this room is usually strictly restricted to the priest and his attendants. In their communication with mankind, the 'abosom' or tutelary spirits, require a medium. This function is carried out by priests known as 'akomfo' (sing. okomfo). These have the ability to become possessed by their 'obossom' (pl. abossom) and, by so doing, act as the mouthpiece of the god, offering advice or prophesying the future." [Asante Traditional Buildings. World Heritage. A Ghana Museums and Monuments Publication]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Local Numbers:
F 2 ASH 8 EE 70
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
12
Frame value is 5.
Slide No. F 2 ASH 8 EE 70
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dance  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 4665
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21178

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