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Lorna R. Marsden and friend

Photograph of Lorna R. Marsden and a friend on a terrace somewhere in northern Ethiopia, likely near Lalibela.

Lorna R. Marsden fonds

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  • Digitized 2016 (originally created 1971-1972)

The fonds consists of digitized photographs and slides taken by Lorna R. Marsden during her visit to northern Ethiopia in the late fall, winter, and spring of 1971-1972. Marsden traveled from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos, Debre Markos, Bahar Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Mekele, and Aksum. On this trip, Marsden purchased several objects, thirteen of which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. Photographs include images of buildings, landscapes, and cityscapes, historic and tourist sites, celebrations, marketplaces, objects and goods, scenes from everyday life in urban and rural northern Ethiopia, as well as other images related to or giving context to the donated objects. The photographs also show Marsden at historic sites and other locations in northern Ethiopia, with Ethiopian locals and her travelling companions, and with some of the donated objects.

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Lorna R. Marsden holding a fly whisk

Photograph of Lorna R. Marsden holding a fly whisk in front of a hotel, likely in Addis Ababa. This fly whisk, or another like it, was donated by Marsden to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016.

Lorna R. Marsden in a market

Photograph of Lorna R. Marsden standing in front of a stall selling metal pots at a market somewhere in northern Ethiopia.

Lorna R. Marsden with a group of children

Photograph of Lorna R. Marsden with a group of children, some of whom are wearing shemma cloth. Shemma cloth is a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. This image shows its typical and everyday use by men and boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as wrap skirts and as shawls.

Lorna R. Marsden with driver and horse cart

Photograph of Lorna R. Marsden with a driver in a horse cart, somewhere near Falasha Jewish village in northern Ethiopia. Both Marsden and the driver are holding fly whisks. Marsden purchased this fly whisk in Gondar, where she also bought crosses made out of metal and wood and a Ge'ez manuscript. This fly whisk, or another like it, was donated by Marsden to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016.

Man in shemma cloth

Photograph of two men on a hill somewhere in northern Ethiopia. The man on the right is wearing shemma cloth, a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016, but this image shows its typical and everyday use by men and boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as wrap skirts and as shawls.

Man with shemma cloth next to a wall and a group of children

Photograph of a group of men and children in front of a stone wall. The man on the right is wearing shemma cloth, a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016, but this image shows its typical and everyday use by men and boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as wrap skirts and as shawls.

Market

Photograph of a market somewhere in northern Ethiopia showing what appears to be stacks of shemma cloth being sold at a stall. Shemma cloth is a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. This image shows its typical and everyday use in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as a body and head wrap, wrap skirt and shawl.

Market

Photograph of a market somewhere in northern Ethiopia. Several people seem to be wearing shemma cloth, a hand woven material ubiquitous in Ethiopia, but particularly in northern Ethiopia. Lorna R. Marsden purchased an example of a shemma cloth designed for special occasions during her travels which she later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. This image shows its typical and everyday use in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Ethiopia as a body and head wrap, wrap skirt and shawl.

Market in Lalibela

Photograph of the daily market in Lalibela, Ethiopia near a group of rock-hewn churches where small items are exchanged and sold, mostly food items. The photograph provides context for an ornate, velvet priest's umbrella acquired by Marsden in Ethiopia and later donated to the Museum of Anthropology in that the image shows the everyday use of black umbrellas as a shield from the sun.

Market in northern Ethiopia

Photograph of a market in northern Ethiopia, showing people using black umbrellas. The photograph provides context for an ornate, velvet priest's umbrella acquired by Marsden in Ethiopia and later donated to the Museum of Anthropology, in that it shows the typical use of umbrellas in northern Ethiopia as a shield from the sun.

Military procession (?)

Photograph of a band in what appears to be a military procession, likely in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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