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Portrait of a bee keeper with his hives: Meena (Mina) low caste tribal man

Francis Frith & Co.,

Creation date: ca. 1870
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Albumen print
Credit Line: Museum purchase from the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer Collection with funds provided by the Beatrice Lynds Bequest
Accession Number: 2010.189
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 8 1/4 in. x 6 1/2 in. (20.96 cm x 16.51 cm)

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Portrait of a beekeeper with
his hives
Francis Frith & Co.
Northern India, Rajasthan, ca. 1870
Albumen print
This photograph, like the painting next to it, presents
the image of an Indian person as a representative of a
certain occupation as a way for outsiders to understand
Indian culture. With the introduction of photography
into India in the mid-1800s, many people started to buy
photographs of Indian life from studios such as Francis
Frith & Co., instead of commissioning artists to make
paintings.
Museum purchase from the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer
Collection with funds provided by the Beatrice Lynds Bequest, 2010.189
Last Updated: 5/14/2021

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Raffael Dedo Gadebusch, ed. The Colonial Eye Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Berlin, 2012
Figure Number: 13

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