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Aboura, chef Ababoua (Bambili), from Dessins et Peintures d Afrique

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Aboura, chef Ababoua (Bambili), from Dessins et Peintures d Afrique

3251588 Aboura, chef Ababoua (Bambili), from Dessins et Peintures d Afrique, executes au cours de l expedition Citroen Centre Afrique, deuxieme mission Haardt Audouin-Dubreuil, pub. Paris, 1927 (colour litho) by Yakovlev, Alexander (1887-1938); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chief Aboura, Bambili; Louis Audouin-Dubreuil (1887 - 1960); Georges-Marie Haardt (1884 - 1932); ); The Stapleton Collection; Russian, out of copyright

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In this photograph, we are transported back to the year 1927 in Bambili, Cameroon. The image showcases Aboura, a distinguished chef and leader of his community. His regal presence is emphasized by his elaborate headdress, which symbolizes his authority and status. The print belongs to the collection "Dessins et Peintures d'Afrique" executed during the Citroen Centre Afrique expedition's second mission led by Haardt Audouin-Dubreuil. This extraordinary journey aimed to explore the heart of Africa and document its rich cultural heritage. Captured by Alexander Yakovlev, a renowned Russian photographer from that era, this rare piece offers us a glimpse into an important chapter in African history. It serves as a testament to the resilience and strength of indigenous communities amidst colonialism. This particular print now resides in a private collection known as The Stapleton Collection. Its significance lies not only in its artistic value but also in its ability to educate viewers about diverse cultures and their traditions. As we admire this striking portrait, let us appreciate Chef Aboura's dignified demeanor while acknowledging the historical context within which it was taken. Through art like this, we can foster understanding and appreciation for different cultures across time and space.

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