A well-armed group of warriors in front of a hut in Djabbir featuring a very interesting variety of shields. This pictures was made by Strauss Meulemans and shown at the Antwerp World Expo in 1894. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find more information about this Mr. Meulemans (yet); he was a good photographer, that’s for sure. The picture of the proud chief below is absolutely stunning; it’s rare to find a field-photo featuring an execution knife of this type by the way. For 33 other Meulemans field-photo’s, search with the query “Meulemans; Strauss” on the Memory of the Netherlands website here. These pictures are part of the image collection Photographed on behalf of science; exotic people between 1860 and 1920 of the National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden, The Netherlands), more information here.
I was very happy to discover a picture I have loved since a long time which was actually one of the first posts on this site (see here); now I finally know its origin.
ps apologies for the lack of service these last weeks, I was rather busy due to the Winter Bruneaf, BRAFA and the Native and Lempertz sales.