|An albumen print showing a group of men identified as ‘Lepchas’ by an inked inscription in a period hand in the lower margin.
The Lepcha are the aboriginal inhabitants of present day Sikkim, a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. Many Lepcha are also found in western and southwestern Bhutan, eastern Nepal, and even the hills of West Bengal. They are also known as the Rong, Rongke or Rongpa. Their origins are obscure but since they speak a Tibeto-Burman language, some anthropologists suggest they originally migrated from Tibet.
The print measures 9” by 6.6” (228 mm by 167 mm) and is mounted on a cut-down section of album page that has been neatly split from its reverse by a professional conservator.
condition: The majority of the image has excellent tonal range, but the tones could perhaps be a bit punchier in the area
of the face of the man on the right. Otherwise, the print is in excellent condition. The mount presents a small amount of foxing in its margins.
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