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Burmese women carrying water

Burmese women carrying water

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(41)

Item number: 4301541

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Burmese women carrying water, taken by Watts and Skeen in the 1890s, from the Curzon Collection. This view shows a group of women and girls posed with water pots on their heads beside a river. They wear the traditional Burmese dress of a wrap-around skirt known as a hta-mein. The independence and social freedom possessed by Burmese women was remarked on by many European visitors during the colonial period.

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