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A Living Man from AfricaJan Tzatzoe, Xhosa Chief and Missionary, and the Making of Nineteenth-Century South Africa$
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Roger S. Levine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125214

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125214.001.0001

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Tzatzoe in Kuruman

Tzatzoe in Kuruman

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(p.161) Tzatzoe in Kuruman
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A Living Man from Africa
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Roger S. Levine

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300125214.003.0014

This chapter describes the search for Tzatzoe, which led John Philip to the Kuruman mission station. After looking in the old mission church, the modern archive and classroom building, the visitors' center, the outbuilding that housed the original mission printing press, and the mission gardens, Jan Tzatzoe ended up being in the last place anyone would care to look. He rested in a dark and well-shaded corner of the airy mission house, about four hundred miles from home. He stood next to an elderly James Read and James Read Junior. Tzatzoe, however, appeared remarkably different; he was not the Tzatzoe Philip had come to know from a black-and-white engraving. The magnificent oil painting, resplendent in a burnished gold frame, by Room of the London Missionary Society delegation from South Africa has been at Kuruman since 1990, when in a fit of good spirit, the current incarnation of the LMS decided to repatriate it to South Africa.

Keywords:   black-and-white engraving, Kuruman mission station, John Philip, James Read, oil painting, South Africa

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