1837 illustrations of South Indian castes April 12, 2010 6:35 PMSubscribe
"Seventy two specimens of castes in India". This illustrated manuscript made in southern India in 1837 consists of 72 full-colour hand-painted images of men and women of the various castes and religious and ethnic groups found in Madura, India at that time.
Search or browse (recommended) all the images, in very good resolution, from Yale's Beinecke Library. Each drawing was made on mica, a transparent, flaky mineral which splits into thin, transparent sheets. As indicated on the presentation page, the album was compiled by T. Vardapillay, the Indian writing master at an English school established by American missionaries in Madura, and given to the Reverend William Twining.