Clothing Style, A Wolof Soldier, Senegal, 1850s


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Image Reference
Boilat04

Source
P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 6 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Captioned simply "Thiédo". A Thiedo was a Wolof soldier. He is pictured here seated on rocks near the town of Bakel, seen in the background. He is wearing a turban, with a gold (?) bracelet on one wrist, anklets, and a bead necklace and amulets (gris-gris) around his neck. The glass bottle contains brandy (eau de vie) given to him by a trader (pp. 12-14). Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.