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Kulin Brahman, Eastern Bengal.

Kulin Brahman, Eastern Bengal.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(13)

Item number: 13

Length: 22.8

Width: 18.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Half-length portrait of a Kulin Brahman against a plain background taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1860s. The Kulin Brahmans were a branch of the Hindu priestly class in Bengal whose social organisation included a well-established system of polygamy, where one man could take as many wives as he wished. The contemporary records of James Wise in his 'Notes on the Races of Eastern Bengal' records that the marriage of a daughter into a reputable Kulin family meant a raise in social standing and public esteem for her family. A noted colony of Kulin Brahmans was based at Lakshmipasa, in the Jessore District of Bangladesh. This photograph formed part of an album entitled 'Portraits of Bengal Types, Trades and Castes'.

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