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Old December 18th, 2015, 07:09 AM   #1

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So, much like it's counterpart the Medieval image thread, I thought it would be interesting to start one in regards to Africa. Cut-off era is the 20th century. It can be sketches, paintings, portraits, and no photos from 19th century cameras. I'll start it off.

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This image from the Frobenius Institute's image archive was drawn by Carl Arriens, who accompanied Leo Frobenius on his expeditions. It dates from sometime between 1910 and 1912. Arriens and Frobenius saw him in Mokwa, in the Nupe area, and Arriens drew a sketch.

He is wearing a Fulani style hat, probably leather, but possibly straw. The hat would be explainable as something that became popular in the Nupe area after the Fulani takeover of the Nupe kingdom. Or it could have become popular earlier through trade.

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The images below are all drawn by Carl Arriens, from the same expedition, all depicting Nupe people:



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A Nupe spearman. The title for the image on the Frobenius Institute's website "Lanzenkrieger in Bida." The caption says that this is a "Man in Bida / Nupe area with trousers, long robe, body armor*, turban, lance and shield in hands, sword on hip."

*The word used is "panzerweste", which I think translates as body armor, but maybe there is a more accurate translation for that word.




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Title for the image given as "Leader of the spearmen in Bida."

The caption given says "Rider in Bida / Nupe area with trousers, long robe, tank vest, turban, boots, bracelets, shield on hip, lance in right, calabash in left hand, sitting on horse with saddlecloth, bridle and headdress."



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The title for this image is "Dogari in Bida."

The caption given for this image is "Man (dogari / policeman) in Bida / Nupe area with trousers, long red robe, red embroidered sash, red turban, finger rings, sword in hand."


I guess dogari means policeman, and that's what he was.
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The caption reads "Portrait of an old man in Mokwa wearing trousers, long white robe, yellow cape and turban, in his right hand a staff."
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The caption states: "Four straw hats of men, decorated with colorful chin-bands (characteristic of Kanuri, Nupe, Hausa, Fulbe, Jukun and Yoruba); two hats are worn over the turban,"


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Caption states: "Portrait of a young Nupe woman (profile) in Mokwa with red handkerchief and long dark red headband, line and punctiform tattoo."


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Description: "Bida / Nupe area: man with white trousers, long red robe, green turban, bag, carrying a trumpet."




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A Nupe man with a sword behind his back. His boots look pretty spiffy to me.
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This image from the Frobenius Institute's image archive was drawn by Carl Arriens, who accompanied Leo Frobenius on his expeditions. It dates from sometime between 1910 and 1912. Arriens and Frobenius saw him in Mokwa, in the Nupe area, and Arriens drew a sketch.

He is wearing a Fulani style hat, probably leather, but possibly straw. The hat would be explainable as something that became popular in the Nupe area after the Fulani takeover of the Nupe kingdom. Or it could have become popular earlier through trade.
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?
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