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Native musicians [Northern India].

Native musicians [Northern India].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(67)

Item number: 67

Length: 21.5

Width: 32

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Group of musicians posed with drums, gongs and a pipe in front of a European building by an unknown photographer in the early 1890s. The photograph was possibly taken in the Darjeeling area. In the 19th century the British Government sought to acquire information about the diverse races, customs, costumes and occupations of the sub-continent. The rising science of ethnology created a demand among European audiences for ‘exotic’ souvenirs of the East. This print is from a collection which features groups and individuals from across Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam).

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