Tinguian Tattooed Hand

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A 1908 colonial photograph of the adorned hand of a Tinguian woman from the Dean Worcester collection. Worcester’s photographs, created during the heyday of physiognomy and anthropometry in Europe and the US, documented physical characteristics and measurements of tribal peoples with the goal of scientifically┬ácategorizing┬áthe world’s different races. The scarred “tattoo” in this photograph, however, is particularly intricate and beautiful.
tinguiane hand

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