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Ten Anglo-Indian ("Company School") paintings illustrating genre scenes and persons of Trichinopoly. Gouache on mica, some backed with pieces of gold card. First half of 19th century. 10.8 x 15.7cm

Hook swinging ceremony

Village women at play (?)

Sugar cane millers

Long-distance palanquin and bearers

Wedding procession with bride and groom in ceremonial palanquin

Tamed hunting cheetah with keepers on bullock cart

Royal elephant coach with raja and attendants

The Raja of Tanjore (probably Shivaji II, r. 1832- 55) entertained by dancer and musicians

Muhurram festival procession

Madras textile hawker, attendant and customers

All images and text © Peter Blohm