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Girls wearing jewellery, from the Bengal collection at the International Exhibition of 1872

Girls wearing jewellery, from the Bengal collection at the International Exhibition of 1872

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/59(5447)

Item number: 5447

Length: 21.9

Width: 27.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Studio portrait of two young women at Lucknow taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1872, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Many examples of jewellery from India were exhibited at the London Universal Exhibition of 1872 and this photograph may have been one of those shown to demonstrate the way it was worn. The girls in the photograph are seated on rugs and posed to show front and rear views. They may be dancers, as shown by the anklets of small bells they are wearing.

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