19thc African Woman Tribal Scarification Enslaved Signed Egypt Cabinet Photo

$1,250.00

The quality and freshness of her work uniform suggest a wealthy owner and all unsettling signs point to this as an inventory photo rather than a portrait. She does not face the photographer, her milky eyes and open mouth seem more confused or scared than anything faintly resembling a smile. The focus appears to be the distinguishing tribal scarification below her...

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The quality and freshness of her work uniform suggest a wealthy owner and all unsettling signs point to this as an inventory photo rather than a portrait.

She does not face the photographer, her milky eyes and open mouth seem more confused or scared than anything faintly resembling a smile.

The focus appears to be the distinguishing tribal scarification below her cheek bones.

Her uniform most likely made by African hands enslaved halfway around the world in the American South.

Though abolition began in Egypt during the 1850s, it was not realized until 1895 when industrialization made legal wages less expensive than owning slaves.

Research shows H. Leon using this mount in the 1870s.

Very nice condition cabinet photo measures 4.5 x 6.25”. Her face and the immediate area show a few flecks that are indistinguishable as either actual loss or an imperfection in the negative.