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Bramine vetu de son Cabaia, ou habite de ceremonie. (Brahmin clad in his Cabaya, or long tunic).

Copper engraving on rag paper with original hand-colour. 1781.

An attractive, finely observed full-length depiction of an Indian native possibly a Muslim. A cabaya was ' one of the most common native garments of the better classes in India'. Sir Henry Yule. Hobson-Jobson, A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, London 1903.

The 'cabaya' was generally worn by Muslims so there must be some doubt as to the accuracy of the contemporary description on this engraving. Inscribed in the plate ' J ch Bar, fecit cum privilegio regis....1781....'.

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