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Street scene in Painam, Sonargaon.

Street scene in Painam, Sonargaon.

Photographer: Brennand, W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/27(2736)

Item number: 2736

Length: 10.5

Width: 13.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a street in Painam, Sonargaon, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W. Brennand in 1872. Painam, Panam or Panamnagar is situated in Bangladesh close to the banks of the Meghna River, 15 miles east of Dacca. Panam was perhaps the residence of the early Muslim governors of Eastern Bengal whose capital was at Sonargaon, a thriving port and commercial centre nearby. The city was later a centre of trade in cotton fabrics carried out by the East India Company. Painam consisted of a single street lined by houses, however, the area is now buried in a dense jungle of bamboos and trees.

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