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Portrait of a Brahmin of the Carnatic, Bombay.

Portrait of a Brahmin of the Carnatic, Bombay.

Photographer: Chintamon, Hurrichund

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/42(4331)

Item number: 4331

Length: 15.4

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Portrait of a Brahmin of the Carnatic seated beside low table laid out with various religious objects, by Hurrichund Chintamon the 1860s. This photograph, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, was part of the Paris Exhibition of 1867.

This is one of a series of ethnographical photographs commissioned by the Government of India in the late 19th century in order to record the tribes, races and castes on the sub-continent. The Brahmins or Priests, are highest of the four Hindu castes.

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