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Chutki-Kuti (cocoanut shell hooka-makers), Eastern Bengal.

Chutki-Kuti (cocoanut shell hooka-makers), Eastern Bengal.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(53)

Item number: 53

Length: 18.6

Width: 24.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Portrait of a row of hookah makers posed to demonstrate various stages in the manufacture of hookahs from coconut shells taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1860s. Their caps indicate that these men are Muslim. This print is from a collection of portrait studies of individuals and groups from Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam). They were taken in or around a temporary studio constructed from wicker panels with an open roof to admit light onto the subject. The studio can be seen in the background in this view.

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