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Gaya from the east, across the river Phalgu, a village scene in the foreground.

Gaya from the east, across the river Phalgu, a village scene in the foreground.

Artist: Jackson, Welby Brown (1802-1890)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1830

Shelfmark: WD4454

Item number: 4454

Length: 25.4

Width: 40.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink and sepia wash drawing of Gaya in Bihar, north-eastern India by Welby Brown Jackson (1802-1890) in 1830. Inscribed in ink on the reverse is: 'The Town of Gya from the opposite side of the River Falgo. Welby Jackson 1830.'

Gaya is a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindu’s who come here to honour their parents a year after death by offering pind, a gift of funeral cakes. According to legend, a demon called Gaya, appalled by the sorrow caused by death died for the world as a protest. Vishnu was so impressed with this sacrifice that he bestowed upon Gaya the power to absolve sinners.

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