African people of South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.

Costumes African people of South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.

African people of South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.

Headdresses of African people of South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.

Man of Kashna, South Africa – Woman of Jacoba, South Africa – Woman of Liessi, South Africa – Man from the city Doumbu, Sierra Leone- Man of Yoruba, Nigeria.

From “Full Peoples Gallery in images of all nations” by Friedrich Wilhelm Goedsche, Meissen, 1840.

Note:  Zulu group with weapons. South Africa 1876.

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