Portrait of two Samoan women, 1905

Photograph of two young Samoan women from 1905, laying closely together on a grassy surface. They are wearing traditional Samoan attire with leafy skirts and ornate necklaces. Both have long, wavy hair down their shoulders and are gazing directly at the camera with a relaxed demeanor."
Portrait of two Samoan women, 1905


Portrait of two Samoan women – Tualele, on the left, and Selesa, on the right – taken in 1905.

In the photograph, they’re both wearing lei (necklaces) and ‘ula lei (whaletooth necklaces). 


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“Portrait of two Samoan women, 1905” sources: Two leaf-clad women (https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/1239498), 1905, Sāmoa, by Thomas Andrew. Acquisition history unknown. Te Papa (O.001140/1)