Toucouleur/Tukulor Marabout, Senegal, 1850s

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Image Reference

P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 19 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Captioned, "Toucoulaure, Grand Marabout du Foula" (The Chief Marabout of the Fula), he is shown seated on a chair in front of his thatched roof house made of reeds; the door, Boilat writes, is so low that one must bend over to enter. The man is wearing a cloth over his shoulder, while holding a key to his (storage) chest; his "nafa" (a small, flat leather purse or pouch used for carrying small goods, including money) is also hanging from his hand (pp. 26-27). The author made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.