Portrait of bonesetter Mohammed Salim

Made:
2015 in India

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Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.
© Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.

Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.
© Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.

Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.
© Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.

Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.
© Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.

Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.
© Mahendra Vartak. Enquiries to Science Museum, London.

Painted portrait of Bonesetter Mohammed Salim, painted by Mahendra Vartak, 2015, Mumbai, India. Oil on canvas.

Bonesetting is a traditional Indian medical practice involving the treatment of fractures and dislocations. The practice is reliant on skills and knowledge passed between generations. The sitter of the portrait, Mohammad Salim, is a bonesetter in Mumbai's largest informal settlement, Dharavi.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
2017-159
type:
portraits
taxonomy:
  • visual works
credit:
Society of Nutrition, Education and Health Action