Rock sculptures at Mundore
Artist: Storer, James Sargent (1771-1853)
Etching of rock sculptures at Mandore by James Sargent Storer (1771-1853) and Henry Sargan. Plate 17 of James Tod's: 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and Western States of India' published in London in 1829.
In 1818 Mewar and other princely states of Northern India signed a treaty with the British, and Colonel James Tod became the first Political Agent to the Western Rajput States. Along with his official duties, Tod became very interested in the genealogies of the Rajput Kingdoms as well as the art and architecture they produced. Mandore is located 9 km north of Jodhpur, and was the capital of Marwar prior to the foundation of Jodhpur in 1459 by Rao Jodha of the Rathore Rajputs. This etching is a selection based on the Halls of Heroes, where 15 figures of Hindu deities and local heroes on horseback are carved out of a rock wall.