This image depicts two formally attired enslaved males, followed by several females, carrying the palanquin of some dignitary in Brazil. The Brazilian scholar, Gilberto Freyre described how "within their hammocks and palanquins the gentry permitted themselves to be carried about by Negroes for whole days at a time, some of them travelling in this manner from one plantation to another, while others employed this mode of transport in the streets; when acquaintances met, it was the custom to draw up alongside one another and hold a conversation" (see The Masters and the Slaves (New York, 1956), p. 409-410, 428).
Thomas Ewbank, "A Visit to the Land of the Cocoa and Palm," Harper's New Monthly Magazine (1853), vol. 7, p. 731. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
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"Brazilian Sedan", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed January 18, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/469