Clothing Style, Serer Man, Senegal, 1850s

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P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

The bearded man, a talented weaver according to the author, is shown with an earring and what appears to be an amulet (gris-gris) hanging from his neck. He belonged to the kingdom of Sine, one of the pre-colonial Wolof states (pp. 7-8). Boilat made his drawings from life. The 24 plates based on these drawings are explained in an accompanying text. Born in Senegal of a French father and a bi-racial mother ("metisse signare"), Boilat left Senegal at around the age of 13, was educated in France and became ordained as a Catholic priest. He returned to Senegal in 1842 and lived there for ten years as teacher. He returned to France where he completed his Esquisses S