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Plate.7. Miscellaneous Series. Falls of the Sind at Seundah

Plate.7. Miscellaneous Series. Falls of the Sind at Seundah

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD546

Item number: 25

Length: 19.8

Width: 38

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing heightened in white by Frederick Charles Maisey of the falls of the Sindh at Seundah, from an album of 60 drawings dated 1847-1854.

In the 'Descriptive list of drawings of Captain Maisey' the artist wrote, "The fall of the Sindh at Syundah are very picturesque and curious; and are famous as a tirth and bathing place; the spot is considered sacred as the scene of the Tapas or penance of two sons of Brahma (Plate 7). A belt or step of rock stretching from shore to shore of the river, forms a fall of about 12 feet in height. The rock is excavated throughout into small chambers galleries, some plain, and other faced with masonry; with here there masonry copings or parapets to assists and diversify the fall of water. These curious falls, which bear the name of “Chandkua”, are shown in Plate 7. My sketch was made in December, when there was but little water, but in the rainy season the falls entirely conceal the whole extent of galleries, and the site of the river inundates the temples seen in the foreground of which that to left is dedicated to Mahadeva, and that on right to Varuna…The arches and entrances seen in the sketch, open into narrow verandahs or passages, which lead to ranges of separate cells, all of which, and indeed every hole and corner near the river, are crowded with occupants during the annual Mela or Fair held here in Kartik or October."

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