Click here to skip to content

Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges

Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges

Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)

Medium: Chromolithograph

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: X108(37)

Item number: Plate 37

Genre: Print

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 37 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The soft hues convey the tranquillity of dusk. Women floated lit lamps down the Ganges, representing prayers and the journey of the soul through life and beyond. The custom was particularly important during festivals such as Durga Puja, held by Bengalis in honour of the goddess Durga who represents 'Shakti', or the divine power.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: