Pounding Meal with Mortar and Pestle, Senegal, 1805
Two women, one wearing a long skirt, the other a short one (who also carries an infant on her back) are using long wooden pestles to pound meal in a characteristically West African fashion; conical thatched roofed houses in the background. Captioned, Slaves beating cuscus, the author, a surgeon aboard the Favourite, made this and other sketches from which the accompanying engravings have been produced . . . the drawings and portraits were made on the spot (pp. iii-iv).
Francis B. Spilsbury, Account of a voyage to the Western coast of Africa; performed by His Majesty's sloop Favourite, in the year 1805 (London, 1807), facing p.15 (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)
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