Black women’s hair has always been a source of fascination. This photo is of “Zumigo the Egyptian, age 20, born in Cairo,” a Barnum circus sideshow spectacle of the 1880s. Looks like cultural attitudes haven’t changed all that much in the last 130 years!
Thangka detail: Dorgje Gotrab (or Go-drab) “Diamond Armor” on his nine-headed boar. He is the personification of the Diamond Armor Mantra, composed by Padmasambhava. The mantra is said to cure all diseases and may even lead to the attainment of a rainbow body.