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'View on the banks of the Ganges with representation of the Churruck Poojah, a Hindoo holiday'. Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat, published Calcutta c.1806

'View on the banks of the Ganges with representation of the Churruck Poojah, a Hindoo holiday'. Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat, published Calcutta c.1806

Aquatinter: Moffat, James (1775-1815)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1806

Shelfmark: P112

Item number: 112

Length: 42.8

Width: 57.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Coloured aquatint of a of Charak Puja on the banks of the Ganges drawn and etched by James Moffat (1775-1815) one of a set of 'Views of Bengal and along the Ganges' published in Calcutta c.1806. James Moffat, a Scotsman, was based in Calcutta from the age of fourteen and is thought to have learnt his trade as an engraver in the city. Charak Puja is a traditional celebration held every April, on the eve of the Bengali New Year. It was known to the British as the 'hook-swinging festival' because many devotees put themselves through painful penances, piercing their bodies with hooks.

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