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Going to market with wood carvings (Bamessing)
Marktgänger mit Holzschnitzereien (Bamessing)
Zürcher, Wilhelm (Mr)
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
All the images (photographic and non-photographic) made available in this collection are the property of the Basel Mission and are managed by mission 21. mission 21 / Basel Mission claim copyright on the images in their possession and require those publishing any of the images--both individuals and organisations--to pay a user's/copyright fee.
Contact the Archives of mission21 at address mentioned or at
mission21, Missionsstrasse 21, CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland, tel. (+41 61 260 22 42), fax (+4161 260 22 68)
Annotation translation: "Man from the Grassfields with carved stools. Africans are good carvers. They carve richly decorated stools using only a few simple knives. The stools are carved out of a single piece of wood and are not in any way screwed or glued together. Now the carver is carrying them to market - or to the coast, 12 days' journey away. He hopes to get a good price. If he is successful he will buy cloth, a lantern or a large cooking pot."
Annotation: "Grasländer m. geschnitzten Stühlen. Das Schnitzerhandwerk verstehen die Neger gut. Mit wenigen & sehr einfachen Messern schnitzen sie reich verzierte Stühle. Sie werden aus einem Stück Holz gemacht & sind nirgends zusammengeschraubt oder -geleimt. Jetzt trägt er sie auf den Markt oder an die 12 Tagereisen entfernte Küste. Dort hofft er sie gegen einen annehmbaren Preis zu verkaufen. Wenn ihm das gelingt, will er für das erhaltene Geld Tücher, eine Laterne oder einen grossen Kochtopf kaufen."
Note translation: Typical Babanki work. (PV 03.2002).
Stamped: "Museum der Basler Mission, Basel, Missionsstrasse 21."
b/w positive, paper print, gelatin-silver
7.9 x 5.6 cm.
impa-m30313 [Legacy record ID]
Anthropomorphic representation
Men's wear
On road
Textile pattern
Trader m
Trading goods
Wood carving
Time Period
E-30.85.289 [Reference number]
Cameroon. Land, people, religion. 5 Photographs by Zürcher. A) Land, nature, plants, animals, landscapes, places; b) the life of the people; c) religion
Historical Photographs from the Basel Mission
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
impa-m15099; impa-m17144
mission 21 / Basel Mission

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