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Sculpture of Sarasvati at Jajpur, Orissa

Sculpture of Sarasvati at Jajpur, Orissa

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: WD.1066

Item number: f.13

Length: 42.8

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing of a sculpture of Sarasvati from Jajpur in Orissa, by an anonymous artist, taken from an Album of 37 drawings of sculpture at Jajpur, Puri, Bezwada and Sitanagar made during a journey from Bengal through Orissa to the Coromandel Coast, from the MacKenzie Collection, dated 1815.
Colin MacKenzie (1754-1821) joined the East India Company as an engineer at the age of 28 and spent the majority of his career in India. He used the salary he earned from his military career as a Captain, Major and finally a Colonel to finance his research into the history and religion of Indian and Javan culture, collecting many sketches and drawings along the way. Jajpur is a sacred pilgrimage site in Orissa that is situated on the Vaitarani River. There are numerous temples at the site, the most important being the shrine of the mother Goddess Viraja (Durga), and the shrine to Varaha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a boar. This drawing depicts Sarasvati, the river goddess of wisdom and the consort of Brahma, with her mount the peacock.

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