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Bhil Tribespeople from 18th Century Albums


Bhils hunting deer at night; the man holding a bow, the woman wearing a leaf skirt and carrying a gourd lantern and a bell. 17401760AD.
Ms Ousley Add. 166, folio 41b

Bhils hunting deer at night; the man holding a bow,
the woman wearing a leaf skirt and carrying a torch and bell. 1740AD.
Ms Douce Or. b.1, folio 14b

Bhils hunting deer at night. 17401760AD. Ms Douce Or. a3, folio 27r

A jeweled lady visiting a village of Bhils, 1600AD. Ms. Ousley Add. 171, fol. 6v

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford


A larger image of Bhil Tribespeople hunting deer at night, Davis Album, 18th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 30.95.174.20


A woman with a giant torch mesmerizes a deer. She may not be a member of the Bhil tribe (though her skirt resembles a Bhil skirt) but a lady of the court, indulging in a nocturnal adventure. This must have been a memorable event, with its own special mood, which the court artist was asked to preserve.
The Walters Art Museum W.854

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See also South Indian and Ceylonese Ethnic costume
Other 18th century Illustrations of Indian Costume & Soldiers
Vijayanagar Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers