Body Guard of the Sheikh of Bornou, Nigeria, 1820s

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Image Reference

Dixon Denham, Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, in the years 1822, 1823, and 1824 (London, 1826), facing p. 64.

This engraving, based on a field sketch by Denham, shows a horse-mounted warrior holding a spear and clothed in armor. "The black chiefs . . . were habited in coats of mail composed of iron chain which covered them from the throat to the knees . . . their horses' heads were also defended by plates of iron, brass, and silver" (Denham, p. 64).