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Ryjee Sihng, a Bhaut in the Zinore Purgunna

Ryjee Sihng, a Bhaut in the Zinore Purgunna

Artist: Forbes,James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.9

Item number: Plate 84

Length: 29.1

Width: 22.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate eighty-four from the third volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". On Forbes'(1749-1819)appointment as Collector of Dhaboi, he desired to give the Grassias, a 'criminial tribe' 'a better opinion of British administration, and to impress their minds with a sense...of justice and moderation'. When peace was negotiated between Forbes, as representative of the East India Company, and the Grassia tribesmen, he engaged Ryjee Sihng, the head Bhaut of Serulah, and several others to become guarantees for the performance of the treaties entered into with their respective chiefs.'Raja Singh was a particularly celebrated 'Bhaut', or historic bard or minstrel, one of whose jobs was 'chanting the exploits of former days in the front of the troops, while marshalling for battle, and inclining them to emulate the glory of their ancestors.'

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