Carte de visite of Cakobau, "king" of the Fiji Islands.
Carte de visite of Cakobau, "king" of the Fiji Islands.

Carte de visite of Cakobau, "king" of the Fiji Islands.

c. 1869. A strong unidentified albumen photograph of a handsome elderly man, white haired & mustached, wearing traditional clothing, with a wrapped garment & belt, holding a baton. Cakobau (ca. 1815 - 1883) was a self-declared king of Fiji, at a time when other chiefs felt he was one among equals in the period before British annexation in October 1874. Cakobau united warring tribes and established a united Fijian kingdom. Period hand-written inscription in pencil "Thakombau (sp?) - Cakobau - King of the Fiji Islands".

3 3/4 x 2 3/8" albumen photograph on 2 1/2 x 4" card. No photographers imprint on verso. Photograph unsunned, slt. foxing on card back o/w vgc. Trove 24433506 locates a different carte de visite of Cakobau, in which he is dressed in western clothing; this image not found in Trove. Item #11548

Price: $450.00

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