The Gate of Diamonds at Dhuboy
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate fifty-eight from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819) was made Collector of Dhaboi, the only fortified town in the district, in 1780. Close to his residence at the Darbar (the Governor's mansion)was a picturesque ...and ruined Hindoo temple, nearly covered with moss...One of the Gates of the temple was called the 'Gate of Diamonds' after the principal image in a nearby Temple, said to have had diamonds for eyes. Forbes described the gate and its accompanying temple as, 'the most complete and elegant specimen of Hindoo taste I ever saw...the groups of warriors performing martial exercises, on horseback, on foot and on fighting elephants, approach nearer to the athletic gladiators and classical bas-reliefs of Ancient Greece, than...the best finished temples I have seen in Hindostan.'