The Indian Princesses and Smallpox Vaccinations

Flu season 2020-2021 draws to a close in North America! I wanted to showcase the early history of vaccinations.

A painting from the early 1800s of princesses promoting a smallpox vaccination. They are said to publicize and promote the smallpox vaccine, the first vaccine in the form of a variolation which is a form of inoculation. Devjammmani is on the right of the painted picture, with her left arm exposed. A traditional sari would cover her left arm, but in the painting her left arm is exposed. The exposure is to show her vaccination and dignity intact.

This painting reflects India’s British colonization history, the protection efforts of British folks in India by using Indians to support their vaccination attempts, and the complexities of colonialism.

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