Pubblica comparsa del Re di Benin
"Public Appearence of the King of Benin" (caption translation). This artistic impression shows an Oba from the Bight of Benin region mounted on a horse and surrounded by retainers playing various musical instruments. Giulio Ferrario (1767-1847) never went to African but produced volumes aimed at the "encyclopedic" organization of disparate knowledge as "entertainment" in the exotic and the different. This image appears to be derived from one edition or another of Dapper (e.g., 1668, 1686). See image BO17.
Giulio Ferrario, IL Costume Antico & Moderno . . . . (Milano, 1815-1827), vol. 2, pt. 1, plate 38. Copy in The Newberry Library, Chicago.
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Africa--Bight of Benin
"Pubblica comparsa del Re di Benin", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 19, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/3004