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Full-size sketch of a skull from cairn circle grave, Jivarji, Gulbarga district. 5 April 1851

Full-size sketch of a skull from cairn circle grave, Jivarji, Gulbarga district. 5 April 1851

Artist: Taylor, Philip Meadows (1808-1876)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: WD1327

Item number: 1327

Length: 25.1

Width: 35.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink full-size sketch of a skull from a cairn circle grave at Jivarji in the Gulbarga district of Karnataka, dated 5th April 1851. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'Jewurgi. April 5, 1851'; also with other pencil notes. This is the original sketch for Fig. II of Taylor's , 'Descriptions of Cairns, Cromlechs, Kistvaens and other Celtic, Druidical or Scythian monuments in the Dekhan' (Dublin, 1865), reproduced with the caption: 'Cairn E...Skull on centre of Skeleton.'. Taylor wrote, "Near the head of the cist, and resting upon some earth above the end covering slab, some bones were met with, and, on the earth above them being carefully picked away, a perfect skeleton was shown in profile, without a head, and with the skull placed in the centre of the body, with the face to the south. It had really so ghastly an aspect, that it took some persuasion to get the workmen into the grave to get on with the work. The skull proved to be very perfect, and the bone had not changed into lime, so that I was enabled to make a tracing of it, which I now show below."

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