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Jag Deo and Warrangur, hill forts in the Barramah'l

Jag Deo and Warrangur, hill forts in the Barramah'l

Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: X432/3(11)

Item number: plate 11

Genre: Print

Plate 11 from the third set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' The artists recorded, 'Jag Deo, and Warrangur, are two of the twelve Hill Forts, or Barramah'l, which were in the possession of the late Sultaun Tippoo; these are of the lesser class, but, like most of the hill forts, are strongly fortified quite to their rocky summits.' The hill fort rises above the village of Jagadevapalaiyam in two peaks, one Jagadevadrug, and the other, separated by a saddle, Kevalgadai (Cowel Gur). The Daniells are mistaken in calling the second peak Warrungur. Jagadeva has some of the finest defensive fortifications of all the hill forts in the Baramahal, with ramparts more than 30 feet high rising above a steep rock glacis, while the remains of the old town around its foot testify to its once being much more important.

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