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Gelatin silver print

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Alfred Ellis, England
Ruth St. Denis in "The Cobras", c. 1906
Photographic materials on Paper
11 7/16 in. x 9 1/2 in. (29.05 cm x 24.13 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Black & white photography
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Ramiel McGehee
Accession Number: PH24

No marks, except for pencil marks on verso ("Property of Scripps College PH24") & stamp (Alfred Ellis Photography).

Black and white silver gelatin print.

Object Description
Image of the thirties actress Ruth St. Denis from her play "The Cobras." Inspired by a snake charmer encountered at a street market on Coney Island, "The Cobras" depicts a street dance set in a noisy bazaar. With green stones glittering like eyes on the index and pinky fingers of each hand, St. Denis used fast-paced arm movements to mimic the coiling, gliding, and darting of two hissing serpents.

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