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Group of musicians and dancers, Eastern Bengal.

Group of musicians and dancers, Eastern Bengal.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(43)

Item number: 43

Length: 21.4

Width: 19.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Portrait taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1860s; the print is vignetted due to the use of a lens of a longer focal length than was able to cover the whole negative surface. It is one of a collection of portrait studies of individuals and groups from Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam). It shows a group of dancers and musicians. The man standing to the left of the central dancer is holding a 'sarangi' or fiddle. Many of the photographs from the album 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 scene.

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