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Photograph - The Chief of Buddaga

The Chief of Buddaga

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    India (southern, made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Margrave Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1

Physical description

Portrait of the Chief of Buddaga seated in a wicker basket upon the floor, from a hill tribe located in the Nilgiri Hills.

Place of Origin

India (southern, made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Black and white photograph


Height: 22.4 cm, Width: 16.3 cm

Object history note

This portrait is one in a series of twenty one images by an unidentified photographer from the Madras School of Industrial Arts. It was probably taken in response to official requests for portraits of South Asian ethnic types, but unlike much of the anthropometric imagery of the period, the photographer appears to have adopted a more sensitive approach to the sitters.

Descriptive line

Photograph of the Chief of Buddaga by unknown photographer from Madras School of Industrial Arts, Southern India, India, 19th century.

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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