A Samoan chief in full ceremonial costume.

Samoan chief ceremonial dress. Traditional Oceania native costume.

Samoan chief in ceremonial dress

A Samoan chief in full ceremonial costume.

Plaques of mother-of-pearls form the chief ornaments in the front of the head-dress, while the collar is of sperm-whale teeth. Apia, Samoa.

From the book: Living Races of Mankind. A popular illustrated account of the customs, habits, pursuits, feasts, and ceremonies of the races of mankind throughout the world by Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856-1927), John Walter Gregory and Richard Lydekke. Published by Hutchinson & Co. Paternoster Row, London 1902.