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Jain statue from Tumkur. May 1800. Published as an engraving in AR(9), opposite p.272

Jain statue from Tumkur. May 1800. Published as an engraving in AR(9), opposite p.272

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: WD1065

Item number: f.58

Length: 45.7

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink and wash drawing dated May 1800 of a Jain statue from Tumkur in Karnataka, from an Album of 56 sheets of drawings mainly of miscellaneous architecture and sculpture in the Deccan and S. India, dated 1793-1806. The drawing was engraved for C. MacKenzie, 'Account of the Jains', 'Asiatic Researches,' vol.9, 1807, opposite page 272. The 'The Extract of a Journal by Major C. MacKenzie' describes the statue, "Feb.24.1797. Near Calyani. On arriving at Mudgiri several appearances, indicated a change in the country, viz the style of building of the pagodas...But that which most attracted my attention, was, close to the mud wall, a round temple of blue stone, with a portico of four pillars, curiously carved and ornamented: in the portal within, facing the north, was a figure, sitting cross legged, naked, his head covered with curls, like the figure of Buddh: the nose was defaced, and a fracture run through the figure. The annexed sketch will give an idea of it. A poor woman, near, said it was "the image of Chindeo, or Jain-deo".

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