An ear cleaner at work; by an unnamed Dehli painter, commissioned by Colonel James Skinner
Published: [Delhi], [ca. 1825]
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Such job profiles in bygone era :-) Wonder what may have been the 'tools' and also episodes of ear cleaning sessions that tipped the tympanum ;-)
It is described by the painter in Urdu ' kan mail wala'
The profession still survives. I remember being approached by one (they all seem to wear amber coloured turbans) at Delhi's Palika Bazaar.
Would a book on this be titled "Trysts with Tympanum" ;-)
i know some one who gets his ears cleaned this way. Jamamasjid!!