Clothing Style, Bambara Man, Senegal, 1850s

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P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

The subject of this portrait, the author's occasional gardener, is wearing a typical Bambara hat made of straw, and has on Moroccan leather sandals; he carries a walking stick over his shoulder from which is dangling a basket with vegetables he is going to sell in the market; a knife is in his right hand. Although this man is shown with amulets (gris-gris) around his neck, the author points out that since the Bambara are not Muslims, these are simply ornaments and have no spiritual significance (pp. 29-31). Boilat made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.