Clothing Style, Mandingo Woman, Senegal, 1850s

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Image Reference

P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 7 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

The woman is shown in full dress, with leather or bead bracelets and anklets; a large calabash or pottery bowl is in the foreground. The author writes (p. 14) that the woman is resting after having fetched water from a stream; in the background is the village of Toubaboukané. Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.