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The Gate of Diamonds at Dhuboy

The Gate of Diamonds at Dhuboy

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.8

Item number: Plate 58

Length: 22.2

Width: 29.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

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.'

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