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Bad Copies: The Colonial Aesthetic and the Manjaco-Portuguese Encounter

Eric Gable

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229488.003.0013
Bad Copies: The Colonial Aesthetic and the Manjaco-Portuguese Encounter

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This chapter examines the ways in which Africans and Portuguese in late colonial-era Guinea-Bissau copied each others' bodies to visualize themselves. It focuses on carved wooden figures that look like caricatures of Portuguese colonial officers and an obsessively thorough series of photographs of Manjaco women's scarified torsos. It analyzes the Manjaco's creation of copies of Portuguese faces as commemorative portraits of ancestral Manjaco.

Keywords: Africans; Portuguese; Guinea-Bissau; carved wooden figures; photographs; scarified torsos; commemorative portraits

Chapter.  10631 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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