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Abyssinian soldiers

Abyssinian soldiers


The military expedition to Abyssinia in 1867 was presented to the British public as a patriotic tale of imperial conquest carried out against a hostile and semi-civilized people. This photograph of an unidentified artist’s impression of Abyssinian soldiers, which depicts the Abyssinians as brooding, half-naked warriors, can be read as part of that narrative.

Photographer unidentified.
 

Code: 126190
 
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