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Beautiful vintage photo of a young Indian wrestler training with an exercise gada

Wrestler Training, Bombay 1940s

$65.00

Beautiful vintage photo of a young Indian wrestler training with an exercise gada, a heavy round stone attached to the end of a meter-long bamboo stick.

The ancient sport of kushti held great importance in Indian societies. Boys aspired to be accepted into an akhada, a kind of wrestling hostel where they devoted themselves to the sport. Their only training attire is the kowpeenam or loincloth. 

5 1/2 x 3 3/4, with decorative edging, undated c. 1940s.

Gloss finish, in fine condition.