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f.17 'Mahatin Dey. Ensign J.T. Blunt, Bengal Engineers fecit. Vide Asiatic Annual Register. A.D. 1800. Miscellaneous Tracts, p.128' (espy. p.154). Rocky landscape.

f.17   'Mahatin Dey.  Ensign J.T. Blunt, Bengal Engineers fecit.  Vide Asiatic Annual Register.  A.D. 1800.  Miscellaneous Tracts, p.128' (espy. p.154).  Rocky landscape.

Artist: Blunt, James Tillyer (1765-1834)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: WD156

Item number: 17

Length: 26.9

Width: 39.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing of 'Mahatin Dey' by James Tillyer Blunt (1765-1834). Blunt served with the Bengal Engineers from 1783 to 1810. From January to May 1795 he surveyed a route from Chunargarh in Uttar Pradesh to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. An account of this journey was printed in the 'Asiatic Annual Register, 1800’ (‘Narrative of a route from Chunargur to Rajamundry in the Ellore Sircar’ by J. Blunt Ensign Engineer, 1800, Miscellaneous Tracts, pp.128-62, 200, London, 1801)

After a difficult, steep ascent and the passage of a violent thunderstorm Blunt’s party reached Mahtin on March 6th and encamped on the east bank of the River Taty. Blunt wrote: “One mile north of this place is a very picturesque mountain, called by the Cowheirs Mahtin Dey. With my glass I discovered a flag on its summit, which, as I was informed denoted the residence of the Hindu goddess Bhavani. This day was the festival of the Hooly, and the mountaineers were observing it by singing and dancing in a very rude manner, to the sound of an instrument made of a skin stretched over an earthen pot which was beaten with a stick.”

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