F. M. Coleman’s publication titled Typical Pictures of Indian Natives, first published in 1897, is a collection of hand-coloured photographs depicting costumes worn by Indians of various castes and occupations. These studio portraits were intended as souvenirs for travellers and the subjects were showcased wearing typical Indian costumes. Such hand painted studio portraits helped define a genre of popular imagery that were globally disseminated in the form of postcards. This is a portrait of a Baghdadi Jewish priest. Baghdadi Jews migrated to India under the colonial rule and cities such as Mumbai benefitted from the trade set up by them.


  • Title: Jewish Priest
  • Date: 1899
  • Location: Bombay
  • Physical Dimensions: H = 24.3 cms, W = 18.4 cms
  • Material: Paper and pigment
  • Gallery: Museum Store

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