photographic print(black and white)
- Museum number
Photograph (black and white); a man standing outdoors carrying a trophy head in his right hand, and an unidentified item in his left hand; he wears a feather headdress, ear ornaments, necklaces, armbands, wristbands, belt, loin covering, and leg and ankle bands; Melanesia.
Gelatin silver print
- Production date
Height: 11.40 centimetres
Width: 6.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
It is possible that this photograph is a copy of an earlier photograph, and that being the case, would pre-date the other photographs in Oc,B126, perhaps being produced in the late 19thC. It is also unclear whether the decapitated head in the image is real, or whether the image has staged by the photographer.
It is believed that the images in Oc,B126 have all been collected by an as yet unidentified individual who photographed some of the images/view him or herself. The collection depicts scenes in Fiji and Tonga during the mid 20th Century (around the 1950's), where he or she was either visiting or working. Images photographed in Tonga, in 1951, depict the preparations and the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Treaty between Great Britain and Tonga.
Inscriptions on some of the images note that the individual was an artist or had a passion for drawing. Furthermore, several of the images have unidentified initials inscribed on the back.
- Not on display
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 25 (photographic series number)