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Hill coolies with dandy & Kilta.

Hill coolies with dandy & Kilta.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1863

Shelfmark: Photo 127/(69)

Item number: 69

Length: 8.3

Width: 5.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Carte-de-visite portrait of porters, one of a series of prints of ethnic types and occupations taken by Samuel Bourne in 1863. A coolie was a hired labourer or burden-carrier. The term dandy was applied to a kind of vehicle used in the Himalayas consisting of a strong cloth slung like a hammock and attached to a bamboo staff carried by two or more men. The traveller would either sit sideways or lie on his back. A kilta is a wicker basket carried on the back, such as the one shown here in between the porters.

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