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Dom, Eastern Bengal.

Dom, Eastern Bengal.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(30)

Item number: 30

Length: 24

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Portrait of a Dom man taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1860s. In Eastern Bengal, members of the Dom tribe were trappers and hunters, as well as manufacturing mats, baskets and drums in the towns and on occasion acting as undertakers. As Hindus, the principal festival of the Doms was the Sravannia Puja, during which pigs were sacrificed and their blood mixed with milk and spirits offered to the deity. This print is one of a series of portrait studies of individuals and groups from Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam). It is possible that they were taken in response to the Government of India's call for photographs representing various ethnic types from across the sub-continent.

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