Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 279 Wishham Girl, Profile border=
Plate 279 Wishham Girl, Profile
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Of the 723 Plates included in the Edward Curtis book The North American Indian, this is one of the rare occasions when the detail was so intricate and expansive that two views are revealed.

The piercing in her nose was important to her caste. From Volume VIII of text: “Men and women wore a long dentalium shell in the nose: every one wore this nasal ornament, for anybody without it ‘looked like a slave.”
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