Peule Woman, Senegal, 1850s

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Image Reference

P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 18 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

The woman is shown bare chested, with bead necklaces and copper jewelry on her arms/wrists and ankles; a riverside village with canoes is in the background. "This woman," the author writes, "is as dressed up as a Peule woman can be; but all of her jewels are of copper" (p. 26). Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.