Kikuyu woman being circumcised.

[approximately 1900]
Part of:
The Fallaize Collection.
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Also known as

Previous title, replaced July 2023: An adolescent Kikuyu woman, seated on the ground with blood running down her legs, immediately after clitoridectomy.


The male surgeon stands to the patient's right, holding the knife, other members of the tribe stand in the background.


[approximately 1900]

Physical description

1 photograph : photoprint


The title has been taken from wording on the object.

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Wellcome Collection 538657i

Ownership note

Originally collected by British anthropologist Edwin Nichol Fallaize (1877-1957). Purchased by Capt. L.W.G. Malcolm in 1934, on behalf of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome, for the price of £25. From a letter in the Wellcome archives dated 16th December 1934.


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