Veddahs of Ceylon

Veddahs of Ceylon

c. 1880s

Scowen & Co.

(British, active Ceylon, 1876-1895)

or Skeen & Co.

(British, active 1860-1920)

Albumen print

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.)

Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.222

Fun Fact

The Veddahs were originally animists who believed that plants and inanimate objects had souls.

Description

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.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Medium: 
Albumen print

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