Clothing Style, Wolof Man, Senegal, 1850s

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P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

Captioned, "Mari de la Reine du Walo" (Husband of the Queen of the Walo), the plate shows the "Marosso" or the Queen's husband, who was also the head general of the Walo army. He is in full regalia or formal attire, holding his rifle "of honor" and wearing various ornaments, including a bead necklace, earrings, anklets, and, on his left arm, "an enormous silver bracelet, the emblem of his office" (Boilat, p. 9). Walt was a pre-colonial Wolof state. For details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.