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James MPHAHLELE

South Africa born 1954

Dialoga 1987 Description: a portfolio of 25 prints
Materials & Technique: prints, relief linocut, printed in black ink, from one block Impression: 60/75

Edition Notes: The 'Dialoga' series of 25 linocuts by James Serole Mphahlele is about the Closing Ceremony of the Initiation. The name given to this ceremony is 'goAlosa/ goAloga'. The Chief and Indunas of the Pedi tribes in the Northern Transvaal (Lebowa) are the controlling heads of circumcision lodges. They are qualified to conduct traditional initiation schools, but require a permission from the local Magistrate or Government office. The Chief and the men of the Kraal (Bakgomana ba Mosate) gather in secret and elect the following: a) Master of the Lodge (Rabadia) and Deputy Master: they are the men who know the details of initiation and who are related to the Chief's Kraal or Capital. They will spend days and nights with the initiation until the Closing Ceremony; b) the Surgeon or Village Doctor; c) their Elders, who have taken part in and witnessed other initiations. They act as instructors and shepherds.
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.76.1-25
Image rights: © James Mphahlele