Wolof Woman Carrying a Child, Senegal, 1850s

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Image Reference

P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 9 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

The woman is shown with her infant strapped to her back, in classic African style; the author gives a rather lengthy description of how the infant is carried (p. 16). The woman wears bead jewelry and the child has an amulet around his neck. Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.