View on the Banks of the Ganges with the representation of the Churruck Poojah – A Hindoo Holiday

2015.106

View on the Banks of the Ganges with the representation of the Churruck Poojah – A Hindoo Holiday

2015.106

Description

This is one of the set of “Views of Bengal and along the Ganges” published in Calcutta c. 1806. James Moffat, a Scotsman, was based in Calcutta from the age of fourteen and is thought to have learnt his trade as an engraver in the city.

Charak Puja is a traditional celebration held every April, on the eve of the Bengali New Year. It was known to the British as the ‘hook-swinging festival’ because many devotees but themselves through painful penances, piercing their bodies with hooks.
Gift of Pauline and Roy Rohatgi.

Collection

Prints, Drawings and Photographs

Object Type

Print

Material

Coloured Aquatint

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Technique

Aquatint

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Location

Kolkata

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