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Sculptured foliage in Chandravati temple

Sculptured foliage in Chandravati temple

Etcher: Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857)

Medium: Etching

Date: 1832

Shelfmark: W421/2(14)

Item number: plate 14

Length: 30.5

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Etching of the sculptured foliage in the Chandravati temple by Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857) and Ghasi (fl. 1820's). Plate 14 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. The details in this etching demonstrate the elaborate decoration of the temple and James Tod, intrigued by the quality of work, remarked: '...the foliage and flowers may be considered perfect.'

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