For your consideration, a vintage ethnographic silver gelatin print of an Igorot tribesman with shield and sword. Igorot tribesman is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic groups in the Philippines who inhabit the mountains of Luzon. The bleached background indicates that it is possible that a professional photographer photographed the tribesman in a commercial studio, or perhaps against a photo backdrop on location. The back of the frame is skillfully sealed with thick art board, beveled at the edges and secured to the frame with eight brass tacks, as carefully placed as the work’s every other element and housed in a handsomely-worn gild carved wood frame. I can’t get myself to open up the back to check for clues as to its maker; damage to the framed work would be unacceptable. The photograph is in excellent vintage condition, with evidence of yellowing in bleached areas, which is common to bleached photographs. Measures 6 ½” x 4 ¾”, framed 7 1/3” x 5 ¼”. Circa 1920-1960.
Vintage Silver Bromide Photograph, Philippine Igorot Tribesman