1808 Woman & Youth Of Banna, A Marowa Slave Engraving
This is an Antique print titled A Woman & Youth of Banna A Marow Slave. An extremely rare hand-colored copper engraved print from around 1808. The paper is a bit brittle from age. Originally drawn by I. Dupuis, and measures 10 x 8 inch. After the exploration of Africa the evils of slavery had also begun by the colonialist. I’m not sure the exact location of Banna but possibly West Africa.
Most likely on the coast to the maritime spice route to India and Southeast Asia. See my other post- 1808 A Man & Woman of Gaman Copper Engraving. Pepper was a valuable commodity in ancient times it was considered to be worth its weight in gold. But its source was kept a tight secret for centuries. Although the maritime pepper route to Calicut on the Malabar coast existed from ancient times the route was lost in the middle ages.
But rediscovered by the Portuguese from the information extracted from spice traders. Read more- Along the pepper trail. Thus many new lands were discovered on the way of the pepper trail. Including many parts of Africa were also discovered en route. 1808 Woman & Youth Of Banna Marowa Slave Engraving
From the collection- M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Beautiful Lady (#6)., Old Air-India Postcard – M F Hussain’s Ragamala Painting., Calcutta High Court British India Era – Old Photo 1880., Print Bombay King George Lays Museum Foundation Stone 1905., Vintage Book – Parry’s Of Madras By Hilton Brown