Mandingo Marabout in Prayer, Senegal, 1850s


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Image Reference
Boilat08

Source
P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

Comments
As a devout Muslim, the marabout is shown doing one of his five daily prayers. The small vessel in the left-hand corner of the picture is a "satala," containing water for washing himself before and after prayer (Boilat, p. 17). The background shows the fort at St. Louis, flying the French flag. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.