Mussucks for crossing the Beas River, Kulu.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View at the banks of the Beas river in Kullu valley, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. A mussock is a normally a leather water bag, consisting of the entire skin of a large goat, carried by a ‘bhishti’, a domestic servant who supplied the family with water. But in this photograph these seem to be inflated bullock skins used to cross the water. Bourne's dark-tent is pictured under the tree, as is Dr George Rankin Playfair, a surgeon knowledgeable in natural history and the latest theories of glacial movement, who accompanied Bourne on his third Himalayan trip.