Blacks Playing Musical Instruments at a Dance, Peru, 1780s

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Image Reference
Trujillo_E141

Source
Martinez Companon y Bujanda, Trujillo de Peru (Madrid: Ediciones Cultura Hispanica, 1978-1994;facsimile reproduction of manuscripts in the Biblioteca del Palacio Real de Madrid), vol. 2, plate E141

Comments
Drawing identified as "Danza de Negras" shows two black men playing a drum (one end of which is being held by a boy) and guitar, a third is observing and smoking a long-stemmed pipe; another boy and girl are in the scene. All are fully clothed, the men and boys wearing conical caps. This and hundreds of other drawings were done by unidentifed Indians during the 1780s and were commissioned by the Spanish Bishop Baltazar Jaime Martinez Companon during his pastoral visit to the region of Trujillo in northern Peru. The drawings, spread over nine volumes, are of Spaniards, Indians, plants and animals, as well plans and maps of the region. Only Vol. 2 contains a few pictures of blacks, the index to the volume giving very sparse information on each drawing. (See other images Trujillo on this website.)