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Sculptured ceilings of temples at Chandravati

Sculptured ceilings of temples at Chandravati

Etcher: Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857)

Medium: Etching

Date: 1832

Shelfmark: W421/2(13)

Item number: plate 13

Length: 30.5

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Etching of the sculptured ceilings of temples at Chandravati by Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857) and Ghasi (fl. 1820's). Plate 13 of the 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India' published in London in 1832.

In 1818 several 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 they produced. Chandravati is a small abandoned site near Jhalarapatan in Rajasthan. Ruined temples similar to the one found here were constructed in the same style as early as the 7th century. Many sculptures formerly at this site were moved to Jhalarapatan at a later date. James Tod wrote, 'One of these shrines amongst the finest things in Asia, not for magnitude...but for the sculptured ornaments, which no artist in Europe could surpass.'

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