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Oil mill, Madras

Oil mill, Madras

Photographer: Nicholas and Curths

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4948)

Item number: 4948

Length: 10

Width: 13.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an oil mill at Madras in Tamil Nadu, taken by Nicholas & Curths in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Here a bullock team grinds down the contents of a large wooden tank to produce, possibly, coconut oil; the animals are attached to an arm which turns the base of the container. This image is from a series of 'Photographs illustrating various native classes, occupations, &c', shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to record the vast diversity of people and their dress, manners, trades, customs and religions.

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