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Golden Temple, Amritsar 486

Golden Temple, Amritsar 486

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Add.Or.486

Item number: 486

Length: 26

Width: 41.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, by an anonymous artist, dated c.1860. Inscribed in Persian characters is: 'Naqshah i sri darbar sahib jiv waqi'ah i shahr i Amritsar -jiv parastish-gah i Sikhan' (Picture of the Holy Sikh Temple situated in the city of Amritsar; the holy worshipping place of the Sikhs); on the back in English: 'Sent to Exhibition of 1862. Bengal Invoice No.5133. No.1659'; and on a label: 'No.51. View of the Holy Sikh Temple (Durbar Saheb) at Umritsur. Drawn at Umritsur under the direction of Lalla Chumba Mull.' Water-mark of 1854.

The Hari Mandir or Golden Temple is the holiest temple of the Sikhs as it contains the Adi Granth, the original Sikh holy book. The Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak in the early 16th century and the Adi Granth was compiled under successive Gurus. The Golden Temple dates from the 18th century and was added to in subsequent generations. It stands in the middle of the Amrita Sarovar, a large rectangular tank; Amritsar means 'Pool of Nectar' and the name refers to this tank. The exterior of the building is made of marble and is completely gilded with gold leaf while the interior is adorned with inlaid marble, carved woodwork, ivory mosaic and embossed gold and silverwork. Surrounding the tank is a large complex that includes offices, stores, a dining-hall and kitchen, guesthouse and watchtowers.

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