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Gangaram Chintaman Tambat, active 1790s
Figure from Indus Sabha
Materials & Techniques:
Gray wash and graphite with pen and black ink on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 11 1/8 × 8 3/4 inches (28.3 × 22.2 cm)

Inscribed on verso in pen and brown ink: "Errole Caves | The Figure Opposite that mark'd X in the Cave | called Indur Subba - There are a great Many | Figures in this Cave called by the People Who Shew | Them the <...> Symbols of the Common Hindoo Worship | but which Gungarum [forsees?] to be Figures of the [Scivsa?] | System - He also says that ^ Raja | Veroo or Veloo ^ or Eeloo | was a Disciple | of the [Scivsar?] Who being affiliated with some Cutaneous Disorder & being cur'd by A[..]cutal Bathing in the Water of this Place consecrated | It & order'd These Wonderful Marks to be Executed in Commemoration | of his Relief & to preserve the Sanctity of the Place Which from Him | is continued to be called <...> Verole alias Errole - and there | is a Terab or <bathing> place of Purification ^ by Bathing & Alms | Which is called Scival Terat [Shivalaya Tirth] | near which is a Temple of Mahdew under the [...]iation of | B | Grishmeyshwur [Grishneshwar] | rebuilt by Aliabyhe [Ahilyabai] the Dowager of the Holkar Family. It is said that | the Extraordinary Fort of Doulalabad originally called Davghiri is also the | Work of the above Raja. - This Figure & its Pair is frequently repeated | throughout the fabel"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
elephant (animal) | Hinduism | religious and mythological subject | seated
Associated Places:
Ellora | India
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IIIF Manifest:

Adapting the Eye: an archive of the British in India, 1770-1830 (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-10-11 - 2011-12-31) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Holly Shaffer, Adapting the eye, An archive of the British in India, 1770-1830 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2011, p. 27, no. 53, V2359 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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