Scenes of West African Life, 18th cent.


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Image Reference
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Source
Bernard Picart, Ceremonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples Du Monde (Amsterdam, 1789), vol. 1, plate 65, facing p. 131. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Artist's imaginative rendition, presumably based on published and/or unpublished accounts. Upper left, "maniere de se saluer le matin en Guinée" (way of saying hello in the morning in Guinea); upper right, "Leur maniere de se marier" (Their way of marrying); lower left, "Ceremonies de l'accouchement" (ceremonies of childbirth); lower right, "L'accouchée va laver son enfant dans la riviere" (the new mother bathes her child in the river).