Hunting in West Africa


This scene of African hunters is taken from the journals of Jean Barbot, who traded along the coast of West Africa in the 1670s and 1680s.

Here, they are shown hunting elephant, rabbit, deer and leopard. A variety of hunting methods are on display - spears, a bow and arrows, sticks or cudgels, and two kinds of animal trap. To the left, a tree lies crushed under a dead elephant (and another elephant, apparently, tries to hide). In the centre, two men stand waiting as a rabbit pops its head out of the warren.

ADM 7/830B, f. 35 (1688)
   
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