Clothing Style, Wolof Merchant, Senegal, 1850s

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P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

The man is shown in full and elaborate dress, carrying a walking stick and an amulet (gris-gris) around his neck. He is a "marchand de pagnes" ("pagnes" are long narrow strips of woven cotton). The merchant is carrying three samples of different types and prices; one is on his head and the other two on each shoulder. Boilat writes that he encountered this man one day and requested permission to draw him which was readily given (p. 15); all of the author's drawings were made from life. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.