Images of the Gold Coast (West Africa), 1870-1890   

Young lady with bare breasts

Young lady with bare breasts Object Name: Young lady with bare breasts
Caption:
Code: 0002 4046
Category: People from Elmina

Three portraits of Elmina women, unidentified
1. Young lady with bare breasts, possibly an engagement picture.

This set of three portraits is not identified by Muller. Possibly he regarded the portraits of women in traditional dress as ethnographic curiosities. The compositions of the portraits indicates, however, that these are photo's made for the use of the depicted persons themselves.
The young woman shows her virginity by showing her bared breasts. A portrait like this was often made in well to-do circles to commemorate the engagement of the girl in question. The group portrait of two women and two girls seems to be a family group of three generations (grandmother, mother, daughters).