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'A 'mani' or Tibetan 'Prayer-Revolver', at Buddhnath. Nov. 1854'

'A 'mani' or Tibetan 'Prayer-Revolver', at Buddhnath.  Nov. 1854'

Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1854

Shelfmark: WD3315

Item number: 3315

Length: 25.9

Width: 19.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a ‘mani' or Tibetan prayer-wheel, at Bodnath Temple in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated November 1854. The Bodnath stupa is one of the largest in the world and is considered to be the religious centre for Nepal's Tibetan community. The artist, Dr Oldfield was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863. After his death his family published his two volume 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880), which described life in the court of the Maharajah Jung Bahadur and also contained descriptions of Buddhist architecture, together with illustrations from Oldfield's own drawings. Of this image, he wrote: "On the north side of the temple, on the lowest of the three terraces, are two small detached buildings, in the east of which is an immense "Mani" or prayer-revolver fully six feet in height; in the western one are some figures of Buddha."

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