Oct 26, 2010

Portrait of a girl from Sindh, showing method of wearing ear and nose rings, wristlets and anklets - 1870s

Full-length standing studio portrait of a girl from Karachi in Sind, Pakistan, taken by Michie and Company in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This is one of a series of photographs commissioned by the Government of India in the 19th century, in order to gather information about the dress, customs, trade and religions of the different racial groups on the sub-continent. The girl in the photograph demonstrates the method of wearing ear and nose rings, bracelets and anklets.

Source: British Library