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Benares, A Brahmin placing a garland on the holiest spot in the sacred city.

Benares, A Brahmin placing a garland on the holiest spot in the sacred city.

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1832

Shelfmark: X751/2(2)

Item number: 75122

Length: 21.3

Width: 27.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Frontispiece from James Prinsep's 'Benares Illustrated'. Prinsep (1799-1840), an antiquary and colonial administrator was assay master at the Benares Mint between 1820-30. The lithographs published in this collection were based on his original sketches of the various views of the 'holy' city of the Hindus. Of this plate he writes: ' The churn-padooka...distinguished by the figure of two feet cut in white marble, in the centre of a round slab, probably intended to represent the chukr or discus; but as the churn is generally thought to be peculiar to Boodha and Jain places of worship...There is another padooka near the mouth of the Burna Nala...The two temples were built by Ahila Baee, and another Marhatta lady erected and endowed the Nowbat Khanah, or orchestral pavilion on the right, from which at sun-rise and sun-set, the sounds of the Shehnai and drums waft through the 'amphitheatre of the ghats'.

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