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A "Hottentot" woman with prominent buttocks. Watercolour painting.


Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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Shows protuberance of the buttocks, called steatopygia. 'Hottentot' is a term formerly used to describe some of the peoples of South Africa who are also known as Khoisan. The Gamtoos (Ghamtoos) river is in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It was where Sarah Baartman (called "The Hottentot Venus", d. 1815) came from: the painting may be a portrait of her

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1 painting : watercolour ; sheet 27.6 x 21.5 cm


Female hottentot from the banks of the river Glamtoos.


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A "Hottentot" woman with prominent buttocks. Watercolour painting. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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