'Hottentots', Africa, 1774-1781.

Poison

'Hottentots', Africa, 1774-1781.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Description

Engraving by Poison after a painting by Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814), of Nama people. A woman rides a bull which she controls with a stick through its nose attached to reins. The Nama come from an area which includes Namaqualand (in what is now Western South Africa) and Namibia. The term 'hottentots' was used to describe them in the past but is now deemed offensive. Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781' ('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781'), published in 1782.

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