1929 Print Africa Native Tribesman Earlobe Distention Stretching Costume XGLB8


This is an original 1929 black and white halftone print of an African man who has stretched and distended his earlobes so much that he can fit his arms through the holes. His ears literally loop through his armpits. People of some African tribes distend their earlobes with larger and larger objects because it is seen as physically appealing. It is also viewed as a competition to see who can have a bigger hole in their ear before the flesh rips.

This man was probably from the Mwanza Region of Tanzania, Africa.


This 82+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. No creases. Minor print defect - top right corner. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 8 inches; 14 x 20 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)

Keywords specific to this image: Portrait