Veddahs of Ceylon

c. 1880s
(British, active Ceylon, 1876–1895)
(British, active 1860–1920)
Image: 21.3 x 28.1 cm (8 3/8 x 11 1/16 in.); Paper: 21.3 x 28.1 cm (8 3/8 x 11 1/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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The Veddahs were originally animists who believed that plants and inanimate objects had souls.


The Veddahs or Veddas are an indigenous minority in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) that may have been the island’s earliest inhabitants. These men are dressed in typical scant Vedda male garb for the 19th century—loincloths tied with a rope at the waist.
Veddahs of Ceylon

Veddahs of Ceylon

c. 1880s

Scowen & Co., Skeen & Co.

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

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