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1927 Print Ao Warrior Military Regalia Native Costume ORIGINAL HISTORIC TRV1

1927 Print Ao Warrior Military Regalia Native Costume ORIGINAL HISTORIC TRV1

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This is an original 1927 halftone print of an image of the military regalia of the Ao Warrior, consisting of a brilliant costume flashing with color and barbaric splendor. His weapons are the long spear and the dao or chopper-shaped axe. On his head is a chaplet of cane covered with bear fur from which rise the bright feathers of the sacred hornbill. Strings of bear tusks hang from his neck, an elaborately embroidered baldric fringed with red hair covers his chest, and bright cowrie shells adorn his apron and gauntlets.

From the back his costume is scarcely less magnificent. The strange ornament slung across the shoulders has a grim significance. The two lines of cowrie shells represent the teeth of the enemy; the deep fringe of scarlet dog's hair hanging below symbolizes blood gushing from the mouth. Human hair is used to make tail which fantastically completes the costume.


This 84+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging in margins. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. Some moderate surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse. Please also note that there is speckling within the images.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.5 x 8.75 inches; 17 x 22 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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