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Khitmetgar (table servant).

Khitmetgar (table servant).

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 127/(82)

Item number: 82

Length: 8.3

Width: 5.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Full-length carte-de-visite portrait of a servant posed in the act of pouring tea, one of a series of portrait studies of ethnic types and occupations taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the early 1870s. Khidmatgar comes from the word Khidmat, which means service and thus one who provides service was called Khidmatgar. It was usually applied to a domestic servant whose duties were to serve meals and wait at the table under the supervision of the Khansama.

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