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An idol shop.

An idol shop.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(64)

Item number: 64

Length: 15.5

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken in the 1890s as part of an album entitled 'Portraits of Bengal types, trades and castes'. It is a view of a shop selling statuettes of Hindu deities arranged on shelves with a boy seated in the foreground holding a statue. Such brightly painted deity images would have been used for private devotion and prayer. The photographer is unknown but it was possibly by Bourne & Shepherd and is one of a series of portraits of ethnic groups and individuals from across India.

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