Collection of Nagas Materials from the Pitt Rivers Museum’s, University of Oxford: R. G. Woodthorpe

Cabinet card portrait of Colonel Robert Gosset Woodthorpe, standing, dressed in military uniform of the Corpes of the Royal Engineers. Photograph by the P.A. Johnston and Theodore Julius Hoffmann studio (Calcutta), labelled ‘Johnston [and] Hoffmann’. Calcutta Bengal (now in West Bengal) India Circa 1891 (Copyright Pitt River Musuem University of Oxford Accession Number: 1998.271.33)
View of an unidentified Naga settlement on a hillside. Photographer unknown. Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India (1873-1872. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of OXford. Accession Number: 1914.5.2.62)

‘Konyak Nagas’ (handwritten caption). Group portrait of three Konyak Naga men, pictured standing, each holding a shield and a weapon (spear or dao). Photographer uknown. Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. 1873-1874. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of OXford. Accession Number:1914.5.3.6)
‘Tangkhul Nagas’ (handwritten caption). Group portrait of Tangkhul Naga men, standing and sitting, pictured in front of a building. Photographer unknown. Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Manipur). India. 1873-1874. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of OXford. Accession Number: 1914.5.3.7)

‘Naga arms’ (handwritten caption). An assortment of Naga objects, comprising mainly different types of weapon (including spears and daos), arranged as a display to be photographed outside, in front of a hanging textile. Photographer unknown. Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. 1873–1874. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1914.5.3.28)
Page from one of Robert Gosset Woodthorpe’s diaries, titled ‘Naga Hills, 1876’, which contains drawings by him in the margin: ‘The clothes are generally plain white – a few blue & shepherd[’s] plaid have found their way in from the plains or neighbouring villages. Men in these villages tattoo on the chest after taking a head. A new form of tattoo is shewn in the margin’. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Woodthorpe Papers, Item 2: ‘Naga Hills, 1876’, p.32.)
‘Angami Naga’ (handwritten caption). Portrait of an Angami Naga man named ‘Dotsoll’, depicted standing, holding two spears and a shield. Watercolour painting by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe. The original handwritten annotation by Woodthorpe indicates that the portrait was painted from life, near the Zullo (Dzulu) river, in the Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. Dated 19 April 1874. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1914.5.2.83)
‘Submission of Naga Chiefs’ (handwritten caption or title). This original painting, from which various copies derive, shows at its centre Captain John Butler, the British administrator in charge of the Naga Hills District, while also portrayed (standing beside the camera) are Dr Robert Brown, the Political Agent in Manipur, and the artist himself, holding a sketchpad. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1910.45.19)
Hand-coloured reproduction photograph of an original (monochrome) watercolour painting by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe. The photograph is dated ‘1874’ and annotated in pencil below the print: ‘Coloured by Capt. Woodthorpe R[.]E.’ (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1910.45.18)
‘Angami of Kigwema’ (handwritten caption). Portrait of an Angami Naga man named ‘Kasakre’, depicted walking, holding two spears and a shield. Watercolour painting by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe. The original handwritten annotation by Woodthorpe indicates that the portrait was painted from life, in the village of Piphema, in the Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. Dated 7 December 1873. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1914.5.2.29)
‘Phemi – wife of Soibang’ (handwritten caption). Portrait of a Konyak Naga woman named Phemi, the wife of Soibang, chief of Chopnu in the Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. Ink drawing by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe. 1875. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1910.45.5.6)
‘Soibang, Vangam of Chopnu (Bor Mutan)’ (handwritten caption). Portrait of a Konyak Naga man named Soibang, the chief or headman (vangam) of the village of Chopnu (Bor Mutan) in the Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. Ink drawing by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe. Dated 1875. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1910.45.5.4)
‘Gateway. Dekha Haimung’ (handwritten caption). Entrance gate to the Ao Naga village of Dekha Haimong, in the Naga Hills District of Assam (now in Nagaland), India. Ink drawing by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe. Dated 1875. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1910.45.4.3)
‘Lhota Naga Village and Golgotha’ (published caption). Page of the author’s drawings reproduced in an article by R. G. Woodthorpe, ‘Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on Our North-East Frontier of India’ (part 2), The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 11 (1882), plate 18, figures 1 and 2.
Sumi (Sema) Naga wooden tail: ‘Wooden tail decorated with black & red-dyed hair & coix-seeds, worn by warriors’ (handwritten caption on catalogue index card). Collected by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe; donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum by Edward Thomas Wilson, May 1909. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1909.21.43)
Angami Naga neck and breast ornament: ‘Ornament for neck & breast of hair[,] cowries & coix seeds: a sign of conspicuous bravery’ (handwritten caption on catalogue index card). Collected by Robert Gosset Woodthorpe; donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum by Edward Thomas Wilson, May 1909. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1909.21.26)object from pitt rivers museum. P.Grover
Catalogue index card for an Angami Naga neck and breast ornament: ‘Ornament for neck & breast of hair[,] cowries & coix seeds: a sign of conspicuous bravery.’ (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Accession Number: 1909.21.26)
‘Surveying the Nagas: Visual Representations of India’s Northern Hill-Tribes in the R. G. Woodthorpe Collection’, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, 12 November 2018 to 19 May 2019. (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford)

Disclaimer: The Arek do not claim ownership of this exhibition images. This is originally published at the Pitt River Museum Museum, University of Oxford, 12 November 2019 to 19 May 2019, under theme ‘Surveying the Nagas Visual Representations of India’s Northern Hill-Tribes in the R. G. Woodthorpe Collection’ by Thomas Simpson.  Click here to access original post.

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