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Musicians and dancers, Eastern Bengal.

Musicians and dancers, Eastern Bengal.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(49)

Item number: 49

Length: 15.6

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Full-length portrait of two male musicians carrying a 'dhol', a type of double-ended drum, and a stringed instrument known as 'sarangi' or fiddle. They are accompanied by two female dancers. The photograph was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. It is from a collection of portrait studies of individuals and groups from Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam). They were taken in or around a temporary studio constructed from wicker panels with an open roof to admit light onto the subject. The figures stand in front of the studio in this view.

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