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Cashmere nautch girl.

Cashmere nautch girl.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 127/(70)

Item number: 70

Length: 8.3

Width: 5.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Full-length carte-de-visite portrait of a reclining Kashmiri nautch, or dancing girl, one of a series of prints of ethnic types and occupations taken by Bourne and Shepherd 1860s. In the 19th century photographers sought to document the diverse races, customs, costumes and occupations they encountered on the sub-continent. In Europe the rising interest in ethnology, together with a desire for exotic souvenirs of the east fuelled the demand for such prints.

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