Madagascar Women, Showing Hairstyles, 1850s

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William Ellis, Three visits to Madagascar during the years 1853-1854-1856 (New York, 1859; reprinted, Philadelphia, 1888), p. 161. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, (left) "Betsimasarka mother and child"; (right) "Hova woman." "The Hova women wear their hair plaited in extremely fine braids, and tied in a number of small knots or bunches all over the head . . . . The Betsimasaraka women wear near their hair braided for two or three inches, and then arranged in a sort of circular mass or ball, two or three hanging down on each side" (Ellis, 1888, p. 135).