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

Lady sitting in chair

Lady sitting in chair Object Name: Lady sitting in chair
Caption:
Code: 0002 4047
Category: People from Elmina

Three portraits of Elmina women, unidentified
2. Lady sitting in chair, formal portrait.

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).