Clothing Style, Bambara Man, Senegal, 1850s


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Image Reference
Boilat14

Source
P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 23 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
The subject of this portrait, the author's occasional gardener, is wearing a typical Bambara hat made of straw, and has on Moroccan leather sandals; he carries a walking stick over his shoulder from which is dangling a basket with vegetables he is going to sell in the market; a knife is in his right hand. Although this man is shown with amulets (gris-gris) around his neck, the author points out that since the Bambara are not Muslims, these are simply ornaments and have no spiritual significance (pp. 29-31). Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.