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Old November 22nd, 2017, 08:23 AM   #31

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Albert Eeckhout, Portrait of a Kongo Ambassadors to Recife, ca. 1637-1644, oil on paper, 30 x 50 cm, Jagiellonian Library, Krakow, Libri Picturati 34, folio 9 and 11. Photograph courtesy of the Jagiellonian Library Photographic Services.
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Really beautiful African art....
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Old December 20th, 2017, 10:53 AM   #37

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Thanks a ton for sharing. You always supply the good and informative posts.

It's also cool to see what a Nupe policeman looked like. Would you know if that's kind of a uniform they wear, the red robe with the sash and white trousers or is that just his individual clothing?
Yes it is a kind of uniform, it is not simply his individual clothing. They wore a specific outfit that included a sash and a robe that was usually red, although there are mentions of other color robes (such as white) occasionally being used.

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Dogari is actually a Hausa word by origin. The native Nupe word for policeman has probably been lost. The other word for policeman in the Nupe language, olokpa, seems to be have been borrowed from the Yoruba language only very recently:

"Considering that the Nupes and Yorubas are so closely allied, there are remarkably few Yoruba words to be found in Nupe. Those that exist are chiefly among the numerals, and two modern words that have come in with the advent of the British Government, akwawu = a clerk, and olokpa = a policeman. Hausa has been laid under contribution far more, and, in the towns especially, a good many Hausa words are in common use, though in the villages the people keep far more to the pure Nupe without using these Hausa equivalents." - A grammar of the Nupe language, together with a vocabulary (1915).

The Nupe and Hausa had several centuries of interaction, and the term dogari was not necessarily introduced into the Nupe area by the Hausa-influenced Fulani that took over the leadership of the kingdom before the British conquest, since, but could have been present in that area much earlier.

Dogari could also refer to the bodyguard of a ruler and today that is how the word is primarily used. Those bodyguards have different outfits according to the particular ruler they are serving, but the overall group (for a specific ruler) does some sort of color/style coordination so that they are all wearing the same thing.
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A Nupe man with a sword behind his back. His boots look pretty spiffy to me.
Not sure why I remembered this man as being Nupe, but the caption on the site actually identifies him as being in Bornu, since the picture is titled "Court dress in Bornu". So not likely to be Nupe.

The description states: "Portrait (full figure) of a Fulbe (?) Man with short hair, goatee and court dress: knee-length red, poncho-like robe, red cap, painted leather boots, wearing a sword on the shoulder girdle."

What his ethnic/cultural background is not really clear and it seems they are just speculating that he might be Fulani (hence the question mark). But it seems equally plausible to me that he could be from one of the ethnic groups indigenous to the Bornu area instead.
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This is a Bori priest. These priests were the holy men of the indigenous religion (usually called Bori) of the Hausa people. The Hausa people that remained pagan instead of becoming Muslim like the majority of the Hausa were called Maguzawa people.

The description for this image states: "Bori priest (Hausa?) In Ibi with short hair and plait at the back of the head, mustache and beard, wears a long white robe, his right shoulder free, bangle on his left wrist."
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A man in a place called Faro in the Adamawa region of Cameroon. The image is titled "Clay architecture in Farotal."

The description: "Arched clay wall inside a house with relief (attachment with bowl), engraved and painted with geometric designs, behind the wall stands a man with a long white robe and cap."
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