Portrait of Girl and Woman, Samoan Princesses in Native Dress, Full-Length, Facing Front


This full-length portrait of a Samoan woman and girl was taken by an unknown photographer around the turn of the 20th century. The heavy ornamentation and wedding ring suggest that they are the wife and child of a prominent person. The shape of the fan (ili aupolapola) indicates that they may not be royalty. Both are wearing skirts made of ti leaves known as titi and shirts made of decorated tapa (bark cloth) known in Samoa as siapo.

Last updated: September 29, 2014