Female Clothing, Angola, 1786-87

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Image Reference

Louis de Grandpre, Voyage a la cote occidentale d'Afrique, fait dans les années 1786 et 1787 (Paris, 1801), vol. 1, facing p. 75. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Caption, "Princesse née de Malembe". Women, the author writes, "cover themselves with a large quantity of . . . a sort of glass bead of different colors than Europeans wear. They cover their neck with a small neck scarf, as can be seen in the engraving, and like the men they are very fond of red coral" (pp. 74-75; our translation). Author was a French Naval officer who was mainly in the Angola region; engravings in his book were made from drawings done from his own observations in 1786-87.