Sinhalese Man

c. 1880s
(British, active Ceylon, 1876–1895)
(British, active 1860–1920)
Image: 14.1 x 9.1 cm (5 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.); Paper: 14.1 x 9.4 cm (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Formally posed in a studio in profile, rather like a specimen, the image is more likely an anthropological study than a commissioned portrait.


The gentleman sports a Western jacket and shirt, but his distinctive hairstyle identifies him as Sinhalese, a people originally from northern India who now form the majority of the population of Sri Lanka.
Sinhalese Man

Sinhalese Man

c. 1880s

Scowen & Co., Skeen & Co.

(British, active Ceylon, 1876–1895), (British, active 1860–1920)
India, 19th century

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