Extremely rare early portrait of the Rasta messiah
Longtime Emperor of Ethiopia (1892–1975) who reigned from 1930 to 1974. Selassie was one of the most revered figures among followers of the Rastafari movement, whose members viewed him as a symbol of God incarnate. Rare matte-finish 5 x 7.25 circa 1920s portrait of a young Haile Selassie, affixed to its original 8.25 x 11.25 mount, boldly signed in the lower right in black ink. Scattered creases and trimmed edges to the mount, and a bit of silvering to dark areas of the image, otherwise fine condition. This is the earliest signed photo of Selassie we have encountered, with the majority dating to significantly later in his life. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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