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Elevation of the black stone arch

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Puri (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 - ca. 1822 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour

  • Museum number:

    IM.194-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Physical description

    Elevation of the black stone arch near the Temple of Jagannatha, puri.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    'An Architectural Elevatiom of a stone Arch near the Temple of Juggernault in Orissa showing the Celebration of the Hindoo Festival Dol Jattra'.
    inscribe on front.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 61 cm, Width: 48 cm

  • Object history note

    The arch is covered with figures of Vaishnavite gods and hung with rings.
    A crowd of Hindus are celebrating the festival of the Dol Jatra or Swing festival in which the image of Vishnu and his consort are swung in a throne suspendeed by chains from the rings of the arch.
    The celebration is part of the Holi festival and takes place at the full moon of the month of Phalguna (February to March).

  • Descriptive line

    Architectural; Drawings, Elevation of the black stone arch, Delhi, ca. 1820 - ca. 1822

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Archer, Mildred Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British Period
    Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992, 110 p. ISBN 0944142303

  • Collection code

    South & South East Asia Collection