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A Brahmin Woman of Distinction in Guzerat

A Brahmin Woman of Distinction in Guzerat

Artist: Forbes,James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.9

Item number: Plate 70

Length: 29.1

Width: 22.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate seventy from the third volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Besides the Bharuch and Dhaboi districts, Forbes(1749-1819)was Collector for the smaller district of Chandode. Known to be an important religious centre, Forbes had many opportunities of seeing religious ceremonies as well as observing the 'manners and customs' of Brahmin men and women. In Forbes' own words: 'This drawing was taken from a Brahmin female of high rank, who could not, from religious prejudice, drink water drawn by a woman of inferior caste. There is a grace and dignified air peculiar to these women, arising from the simple custom of carrying jars of water upon the head; sometimes two or three are placed on each other. A Hindoo temple and a Ficus Indica in the distant view.'

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