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Bayansi Executing Slave." Blue watercolor on paper, laid down onto board and matted, title in pencil to lower left. 19th century. 10" x 7". Some light toning to two left corners, a few spots of foxing, Very Good. ************************* A troubling scene depicting the beheading of a slave by a Babangi (commonly called "Bayansi" in the 19th c.) executioner. Of this Congo tribe who pursued "an active policy of buying slaves," Aaron Sims writes in his preface to his 1886 "Vocabulary of the Kibangi," that as far as he could judge "... the probable number of these Bayansi is about 120,000 ... The question may be well asked why have they not increased more. The answer is that witchcraft, murder of individuals at funerals, polygamy, and immorality keep down the population.

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[Slavery, Africa] Watercolor, Bayansi Execution

Estimate $400 - $600Nov 3, 2018