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The Priya Paul Collection

The Priya Paul Collection of Popular Art contains more than 4.200 illustrations from the late 19th and the 20th century.  It is one of the finest collections of ephemera like old posters, calendars, postcards, commercial advertisements, textile labels and cinema posters in India. In a collaborative endeavor with Tasveerghar the collection was digitized and is now being annotated by local and international experts.  

The whole collection is available online to all members of Heidelberg University as part of the HeidICON Image database where each image can be searched by keywords, and regrouped according to various themes and categories. It also serves as the first showcase for an implementation of images into the metadata framework of the HRA.

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Resource types: Image, Text, rich metadata   
Time period: late 19 century - today
Languages:  English, parts in Hindi, Arabic, Urdu




Highlights from this resource

A lady with a telephone. Textile label, Bombay, ca. 1930


  • Lady on a telephone. Textile label, ca. 1930.

    Lady on a telephone. Textile label, ca. 1930.