View of ‘Sooriy-Koond’ & ‘Goosainkoond’ in the Goosainthau Mountain - from a sketch by Rajman Singh, August 1854
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Watercolour of the Suryakund and the Gosainkund lakes in the Gosainthan Mountains of Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated 1854. the image is inscribed on the reverse: 'No 7. View of 'Sooriy-Koond' & 'Goosainkoond' in the Goosainthau Mountain - from a sketch by Rajman Singh, August 1854'. Signed 'H.A. Oldfield Nepal'.
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. This drawing is of an important Hindu site in Nepal where several lakes convene via tributary streams. Near the centre of the lake shown here is a large oval shaped rock half submerged in water. Worshippers of Shiva believe that the rock as a divinely carved representation of Mahadeo (Shiva) and believe one can see the figure of the deity reclining full length upon a bed of serpents.