Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Image of the Day: The Piglet's Offering, 1930-1950

Polyester Slide
Samoa, 1930-1950
The British Museum

This polyester slide was photographed in Samoa and is inscribed with the date of 20 March.  While the year is unknown, it was likely taken between 1930 and 1950.  The image is both pleasing and peculiar, depicting a rural scene of a wooden bench laden with an offering of a bunch of bananas and banana leaves.  Beneath the bench is another bunch of bananas, and, if you look closely, a wee piglet.

Sadly, little else is known about the piece except that it is one of fifty-four transparencies which were bequeathed to the British Museum in 1980 from the collection of Angela Murphy.

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