Group of Purriar Meenas, robber tribe of Rajasthan.
Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck
Medium: Photographic print
A group of four men of the Purriar Meenas tribe in Rajasthan, photographed by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey in the early 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. In the 19th century the Government of India commissioned a series of ethnograhic photographs of different tribes, races and castes. Capt. E.C. Impey of the Bengal Staff Corps was appointed to cover the areas of Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Figures were often posed to display their characteristic attributes and artefacts; in this image the men are posed in front of a thatched house, and armed with matchlocks, bows and other weapons.