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Madras girl wearing jewellery, from the International Exhibition of 1872

Madras girl wearing jewellery, from the International Exhibition of 1872

Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/59(5437)

Item number: 5437

Length: 19.2

Width: 12.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Full-length studio portrait of a seated girl wearing jewellery, from Madras in Tamil Nadu, taken in c. 1872, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This photograph is attributed to the Madras School of Industrial Arts which was an important training centre for photographers in the area, established in 1850. Many examples of jewellery from India were shown at the London Universal Exhibition of 1872 and this photograph may have been one of those exhibited to demonstrate the way it was worn. The girl is wearing the fine ceremonial sari and jewelled head-dress worn by a bride on her wedding day.

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