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Specimen of Hindoo Sculpture on the Gate of Diamonds at Dhuboy

Specimen of Hindoo Sculpture on the Gate of Diamonds at Dhuboy

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.8

Item number: Plate 59

Length: 29.2

Width: 22.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate fifty-nine from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Dhaboi, the historical city was made the winter quarters for the Bombay army during the Mahratta campaign in 1775. In 1780, Forbes (1749-1819) was made Collector of Dhaboi, a post he held for seven years. Close to the Governor's Mansion where he was resident, there was a ruined 'Hindoo temple, nearly covered with moss'. The eastern gate of the temple or the 'Gate of Diamonds' may have taken its name from the principal image in a nearby temple which was said to have had diamonds for eyes. Describing this latter image, Forbes wrote: 'In one compartment, a man and a woman, standing under a plantain-tree,with an infant at their feet are very conspicuous; it forms a separate group, resembling the general representation of Adam and Eve in Paradise.'

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