Leg and Wrist Shackles Used on French Slave Ships

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This record was last updated on 16 Mar 2017

Image Reference

Jean Boudriot, Traite et Navire Negrier, Collection Archeologie Navale Francaise (Paris 1984), p. 84.

Boudriot’s artistic interpretation of how shackles were employed on French slave ships. His drawings of the individual objects are based on the originals held in various French museums. Clear photographs of actual leg irons held by the National Maritime Museum in London (Greenwich) are published in D. Hamilton and R. Blyth, Representing Slavery: Art, Artifacts and Archives in the Collections of the National Maritime Museum (London, 2007), passim. See also image F001.