A King and his Judicial Court, Sierra Leone, 1764

Description

In a chapter on the trade of West Africa, various regions are described, including Sierra Liona [sic]. Based on unidentified sources the author gives an overview of the people and customs of the area. For this image, titled Roy qui rend la justice (King who dispenses/administers justice), the text notes that the people in this area only enslave people who they capture in warfare and criminals or evil-doers. The king is the chief judge; he chooses several counselors to help him decide different cases among his subjects who plead their own causes/or defend themselves. . . but so that the judges cannot show favoritism, the litigants are required to wear masks over their faces (pp. 166-67; our translation).

Source

M. Chambon, Le commerce de l'Amerique par Marseille (Avignon, 1764), vol. 2, plate X, facing p. 166. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Language

French

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

JCB_15102-4

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Rivers

Citation

"A King and his Judicial Court, Sierra Leone, 1764 ", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 16, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1578
In a chapter on the trade of West Africa, various regions are described, including Sierra Liona [sic]. Based on unidentified sources the author gives an overview of the people and customs of the area. For this image, titled Roy qui rend la justice (King who dispenses/administers justice), the text notes that the people in this area only enslave people who they capture in warfare and criminals or evil-doers. The king is the chief judge; he chooses several counselors to help him decide different cases among his subjects who plead their own causes/or defend themselves. . . but so that the judges cannot show favoritism, the litigants are required to wear masks over their faces (pp. 166-67; our translation).
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