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Shell Cutters

Shell Cutters

Shell cutters usually use saws and other blade instruments to cut raw shells into different shapes to create jewelry, bangles, drinking vessels and other accessories.

A Mohamedan Fakir

A Mohamedan Fakir

John Campbell Oman (1841-1911), author of The Mystics, Ascetics and Saints of India (1903) describes the incident that made him take it upon himself to write this encyclopedic work towards the end of his life.

Birth of Shakuntala

Birth of Shakuntala

Vishvamitra was a revered sage in ancient India; this postcard from one of Ravi Varma's most famous paintings shows how he rejects knowledge of his child by turning away and hiding his gaze with a dramatic gesture.

[Original caption] Menaka sent by

A Group of Lambanis

A Group of Lambanis

[Original caption] These folk are gypsies inhabiting the great Deccan of India. Their dress is decorated with shells, their arms are generally adorned with a large number of bracelets made of the bones of deer. [end]

The Banjara people, also

Wayfarers

Wayfarers

"Wayfarers" was another word for nomads.

[Original caption] Wayfarers. The position of the child in the picture is typical. The man is carrying a larger share of the burden than is usual.

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