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An ayah.

An ayah.

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 127/(74)

Item number: 74

Length: 8.3

Width: 5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Full-length standing carte-de-visite portrait of an ayah, one of a series of prints of ethnic types and occupations taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the early 1870s. An Ayah was used for a maid or a nurse maid. The word has been adopted in many Indian vernacular languages but it comes from a Portuguese word aia, which meant a nurse or governess.

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