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f.4 Hindu temple used as Muhammadan shrine. '4 Septr.'

f.4   Hindu temple used as Muhammadan shrine.  '4 Septr.'

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD1619

Item number: 4

Length: 32.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Wash and watercolour drawing of a Hindu temple used at a Muslim shrine, from an Album of 83 drawings; 80 of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, 2 portraits and 1 flower study made during a tour chiefly to Ellora, Rauza, Daulatabad, Aurangabad and Ajanta. September to November 1849. Although the artist is unidentified, these drawings are of some interest since they show the state of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves soon after the Royal Asiatic Society had brought them to the Company's notice in 1844. Robert Gill had been deputed to make a record of Ajanta in 1846 and was presumably on the spot when these sketches were made.

The drawing is inscribed: "An ancient Hindu temple appropriated for a shrine to a Mussulman tomb. Of this there are several istances. Votive offerings of a piece of red cloth are suspended to the tree by women desiderous of offsprings."

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