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Mostaert probably made the painting between c. The exact subject of the painting has long been unclear, although numerous ideas have been put forward, including that the depicted figure is a soldier, a nobleman or Saint Maurice. The portrait is significant in that it may portray the earliest portrait of a specific black man in European painting,   though Saint Maurice, and Balthazar of the Three Kings or Biblical Magi , had long been usually portrayed as black. If it is a portrait of a specific real individual, it appears to be the earliest known such painting of a black man in European painting. The posture, clothing and other details could indicate service at a European court and adaptation to their norms. In , Wim Pijbes , in a discussion on the Dutch folklore figure Zwarte Piet and his origins, mentions the Portrait of an African Man , saying that the figure of Zwarte Piet is traceable to at least the 16th century, and the proud black figure depicted wearing a velvet jacket and a beret shows attributes nowadays associated with the figure of Zwarte Piet. She claimed the figure represented Saint Maurice , a Roman soldier who by tradition came from Thebes.