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An Elder of the Manyatta inspecting the dancers

  • Mirella Ricciardi An Elder of the Manyatta inspecting the dancers

An Elder of the Manyatta inspecting the dancers

PRODUCT CODE: MR3878

“An Elder of the Manyatta inspecting the dancers and shouting directions for the dance” 1967

Only those murran who have led an exemplary life and fulfilled traditional expectation during their period of warrior-hood would be admitted and would share in the final and most secret stages of the ritual. The elders would line up outside the entrance to the hut, and each warrior would pass, single file, to gain admission. Those murran who had broken tribal customs – such as sleeping with unmarried women – would be denied admission, publicly rebuked, and with their family, be shamed for life.

1967 image reworked by artist in 2020 – Hand of the Artist African Headdress Collection
Vanishing Africa Ltd/Mirella Ricciardi ©
Contemporary mixed media hand coloured archival pigment print. In White crackle Lacquer frame with gilt slip
Signed Edition 1/1
Image Size: 20.5” x 14”

Framed Size: 78cm wide x 64cm high
(31” x 25”)

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