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Procession Of The Tazeeas

Procession Of The Tazeeas

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1832

Shelfmark: X751/2(9)

Item number: 75129

Length: 20.3

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 9 from the second part of 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 view he writes: '...an increasing opposition having in these few years been organized by the Soonees against the practice of celebrating the Mohurrum within the precincts of the musjids, and of carrying the tazeea (a model of the mausoleum at Karbala containing the tomb of the Imam) in public procession, and giving it regular burial at the conclusion of the festival. At Allahabad, the troops have been drawn out more than once for the preservation of peace...The present drawing represents the spot in which the tazeeeas are buried at Benares: they were formerly merely thrown into the ditch that is visible on the left hand, until the establishment of the burial place by Sheikh Ulee Hujee, a saint of royal descent, who came hither from Persia in 1750. The place derives its name from a Durgah, or mausoleum, which he erected in honour of Fatima, the wife of the Prophet'.

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