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Cherubim and Seraphim religious group marching, Aba, Nigeria. [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Title source: Dr. Simon Ottenberg, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Simon Ottenberg Papers are located at the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Donated by Simon Ottenberg, 2000.

This photograph was taken by Dr. Simon Ottenberg while on his way to conduct field research at Afikpo village-group, southeastern Nigeria, from September 1959 to December 1960.

Original caption reads, "Cherubim and Seraphim religious group marching at Aba, southern Igbo." [Ottenberg field research notes, September 1959-December 1960, Part I].

group of religious clerics

National Museum of American History

Fixed kneeling altar from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A wood kneeling altar with a yellow-green padded knee rest. The altar has small cubbyhole under the top shelf. The shelf is slightly tilted down toward the knee pads. The bottom of the shelf and cubbyhole are supported by two curved arches on either side, attached to the side planks. On either side of the altar at the top of the side planks is a carved cross. A small rectangular support board is near the base of the altar and connects the two side planks. Kneepads are attached to the fixed base with two solid horizontal planks on either side. A small, wood, inverted arch support connects the knee rest to the vertical side planks.

Fixed kneeling altar from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A wood kneeling altar with a yellow-green padded knee rest. The altar has small cubbyhole under the top shelf. The shelf is slightly tilted down toward the knee pads. The bottom of the shelf and cubbyhole are supported by two curved arches on either side, attached to the side planks. On either side of the altar at the top of the side planks is a carved cross. A small rectangular support board is near the base of the altar and connects the two side planks. Kneepads are attached to the fixed base with two solid horizontal planks on either side. A small, wood, inverted arch support connects the knee rest to the vertical side planks.

Group portrait of a church choir

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white group portrait of a large choir posed outside of a building. The choir is mostly comprised of women, in dark robes in the center, and children in white robes. A man in a suit stands just to the left of the group.

Group portrait of church clergy and choir

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Ministers and members of the church choir stand adjacent to the church building. Six women and two men wear white robes over their clothing, while the remaining four men wear dark suits. The individuals in white are arguably choir members. Two of the men in dark suits hold large bibles. Men and women in the background observe and inevitably take part in the photograph as they watch Anderson from open doors and windows.

Group portrait of men, women, and children

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of men, women, and children standing in front of a large building. Most people are wearing hats resembling berets, bonnets, or toques. Three men standing near to the door wear suits; otherwise everyone appears to wear the same long garment that looks like a robe and is cinched at the waist. A man standing in front of the door holds an open book.

Group portrait of women posed in front of church organ

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph featuring a group portrait of women posed in front of a church organ. Most of the women wear hats; some also wear white gloves and corsages.

Group portrait of men and women in a church

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A color photograph of a group of men, women and children in a church. They are in three rows stretched across the section of the church just before the pulpit. The first row is kneeling down, the second is sitting in chairs and the third is standing behind. Two large stained glass windows are visible just behind with two smaller ones on the right. A floral arrangement is in the foreground.

Group portrait of men and women in a church

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A color photograph of a group of men, women and children in a church. They are in three rows stretched across the section of the church just before the pulpit. The first row is kneeling down, the second is sitting in chairs and the third is standing behind. Two large stained glass windows are visible just behind with two smaller ones on the right. A floral arrangement is in the foreground.

Group portrait of men and women in a church

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A color photograph of a group of men, women and children in a church. They are in three rows stretched across the section of the church just before the pulpit. The first row is kneeling down, the second is sitting in chairs and the third is standing behind. Two large stained glass windows are visible just behind with two smaller ones on the right. A floral arrangement is in the foreground.

Group portrait of men and women in a church

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A color photograph of a group of men, women and children in a church. They are in three rows stretched across the section of the church just before the pulpit. The first row is kneeling down, the second is sitting in chairs and the third is standing behind. Two large stained glass windows are visible just behind with two smaller ones on the right. A floral arrangement is in the foreground.

Group portrait of men and women in church pews

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of eight women seated in church pews. Nine men and one woman stand behind them. The men are wearing suits and neckties, and the women are wearing knee-length dresses. The interior of the church behind them is brick with some wood fa├žade.

Pulpit chair from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A wood pulpit chair with a dark finish. The chair has four legs with the rear legs extending the full height of the seat back. The front legs are turned with varying geometric shapes and are topped with the seat. Connecting the front legs to the back legs are two curved stretcher bars. Between the two stretcher bars is an additional support bar. The seat cushion and chair back are padded with faux-leather covers. The covers are adhered by metal studs. The chair back features a line of stylized foliage carved on the front of either side of the uprights. The uprights of the chair back are capped with scrolls. The center of the top rail of the chair features large, carved acanthus leaves in the center with scrollwork extending down either side. The bottom rail of the chair back features a similar but smaller design of acanthus leaves and scrollwork.

Pulpit chair from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A high backed chair with armrests. The chair has a dark wood finish. Two simple finials are at the top of the chair's back on either side. At the top of the chair back is a carved grapevine with two bunches of grapes. The chair back has a rectangular, padded cushion of light pink material. The chair seat cushion is made of the same material as the chair back. Armrests are attached to back posts. The armrests are wider at the front than at the back. The chair is constructed with four square legs, with the back legs extending the full height of the chair. The front two legs of the chair extend above the seat and are topped with the armrests. Underneath the chair seat at center is a note in black marker that reads "#18008/1-500.5."

Pulpit chair from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A wood pulpit chair with a dark finish. The chair has four legs with the rear legs extending the full height of the seat back. The front legs are turned with varying geometric shapes and are topped with the seat. Connecting the front legs to the back legs are two curved stretcher bars. Between the two stretcher bars is an additional support bar. The seat cushion and chair back are padded with faux-leather covers. The covers are adhered by metal studs. The chair back features a line of stylized foliage carved on the front of either side of the uprights. The uprights of the chair back are capped with scrolls. The center of the top rail of the chair features large, carved acanthus leaves in the center with scrollwork extending down either side. The bottom rail of the chair back features a similar but smaller design of acanthus leaves and scrollwork.

Pulpit chair from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A high backed chair with armrests. The chair has a dark wood finish. Two simple finials are at the top of the chair's back on either side. At the top of the chair back is a carved grapevine with two bunches of grapes. The chair back has a rectangular, padded cushion of light pink material. The chair seat cushion is made of the same material as the chair back. Armrests are attached to back posts. The armrests are wider at the front than at the back. The chair is constructed with four square legs, with the back legs extending the full height of the chair. The front two legs of the chair extend above the seat and are topped with the armrests. Underneath the chair seat at center written in black marker is "#18008/1-500.5."

Pulpit chair from Saint Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A high backed chair with armrests. The chair has a dark wood finish. Two simple finials are at the top of the chair back on either side. At the top of the chair back is a carved grapevine with two bunches of grapes. The chair back has rectangular, padded cushion of light pink material. The chair seat cushion of the same material as the chair back. The armrests are attached to back posts. The armrests are wider at the front than at the back. The chair is constructed with four square legs, with the back legs extending the full height of the chair. The front two legs of the chair are extend above the seat and are topped with the armrests. Underneath the chair seat at center is a note in black marker that reads "#18008/1-500."

Group portrait of women posed in front of a church organ

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of approximately eighty women in dresses on and around a church dais. The front row of women sit, but the rest stand. Some women wear fur stoles, and many wear hats. Behind them is a pipe organ with 58 pipes.

Indoor Group Shot of Men and Women Sitting

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Indoor Group Shot of Men and Women Sitting

Indoor Group Shot of Men and Women Sitting

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Indoor Group Shot of Men and Women Sitting

Outdoor Group Shot of the Church Congregation

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Outdoor Group Shot of the Church Congregation

Indoor Group Shot of Men and Women Sitting

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Indoor Group Shot of Men and Women Sitting

Outdoor Group Shot of the Church Congregation

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Outdoor Group Shot of the Church Congregation
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