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The Muharram ceremony being performed in a tank by the tomb of Shah Abdur Rahman, Ellichpur (Berar)

The Muharram ceremony being performed in a tank by the tomb of Shah Abdur Rahman, Ellichpur (Berar)

Artist: Warren, Henry (1794-1879)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1838

Shelfmark: WD362

Item number: 362

Length: 220

Width: 330

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Henry Warren (1794-1879) of the Muharram ceremony being performed in a tank by the tomb of Shah 'Abdur Rahman at Achalpur in Berar in Maharastra, dated 1838. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'Henry Warren, 1838'; and on the back in ink: 'Shrine of Raiman Shah Doola, Elichpoor. Warren. F 206. No.8.' This water-colour, made from a sketch by Philip Meadows Taylor, formed the basis of the illustration, engraved by S. Fisher, of the 'Shrine of Raiman Shah Doola' in Thomas Bacon's 'The Oriental Annual', London 1840. Bacon wrote, "Elichpoor, or as the natives properly call it, Elachipur, signifies the place of cardamons...[it] is a considerable city, and the capital of Berar...The group of buildings forming the subject of the annexed engraving are situated on the north side of the city, at no great distance from the gate. They are built up on the bank of a small stream which has its source in the neighbouring mountains and which, after a tortuous course of only a few miles, passes through the cantonment and falls into the river Sampun upon the south side of the city. Raiman Shah Doola, whose tomb is the most conspicuous building in the picture, was a fighting priest, half-soldier, half saint, a most valiant commander and an undoubted worker of miracles..." The Muharram festival commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet. This festival starts on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, and lasts for 10 days.

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