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Aissa Alimiri playing single-stringed lute, Tombouctou, Mali. slide

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Smithsonian Museum
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Description
Citation source: Dr. Heather Maxwell, Indiana University.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Organization
Image indexed by negative number
Summary
Original caption reads, "Women dancers at Timbuktu. Dance called Barbarba. Woman with guitar is Mme. Aissa Alimiri." [Master Catalogue: Literary Africa. Eliot Elisofon. 1959. K141, 22-36].
"Among the finest gold ornaments of the Sahel are the Peul (Fulani, Fulbe) earrings worn in the Mopti, Jenne and Macina regions of Mali. Twisted gold earrings are hammered into a four-lobed shape, often embellished with engraved designs. Gold bicone beads are often profusely adorned with granulation, a technique in which tiny granules of gold are attached to produce a rich, shimmering effect." [Garrard T., 1989: Gold of Africa, Prestel]. 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.
Publications
Mali Folklife Festival 2003 (Washington, DC: SI Press, 2003) LL03-0080
Cite as
Bowed guitar (tehardent) player accompanying dance in Timbouctou, Mali. Photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 1959. Image no. EEPA EECL 4419. Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
photographer
Elisofon, Eliot
Date
1959
Physical description
slide : col
Type
Color slides
Topic
Body arts
Body marking
Music
Musical instruments
Jewelry
Restrictions & Rights
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Eliot Elisofon Field photographs 1942-1972
Place
Africa
Mali
Local number
F 1 MAL 4.1 EE 59
EEPA EECL 4419
Culture
Fulbe (African people)