Clothing Style, Peule Man, Senegal, 1850s

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P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

This Peule man is shown in his everyday dress. He is wearing a small blue cap, decorated with a plume of horsehair; his hair style includes a pomade of curdled milk/rennet ("lait caille") or white cheese. Around his neck are amulets (gris-gris) serving various protective functions, and crossed over his chest are other gris-gris to ward off bullets; he is also wearing a "grigri" on his right arm, while ornamental copper bracelets are worn on his left arm and right ankle. Slung from his waist is "coufa," a horn which contains powder, bullets, and smoking tobacco. A Peule, the author notes, never travels without his spear (pp. 25-26). Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.