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Painting - The Muharram procession

The Muharram procession

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Murshidabad (possibly , made)
    Calcutta (possibly , made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1795 - ca. 1805 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of a group of nine paintings. They depict a durbar (public reception) at the Murshidabad court, and various Hindu and Muslim festivals and religious scenes. A Murshidabad artist copied it, probably from an original oil painting by George Farington. He had worked in Murshidabad from May 1785 until his death there in 1788. Farington's original is lost. This painting shows the Muharram procession, in which Muslims carry 'tazias' or 'ta'ziyas' (bamboo and paper replicas of the tombs of Hasan and Husain) to the river for immersion. The festival commemorates the deaths of these two grandsons of the Prophet Muhammad. Shiah Muslims regard them as the rightful heirs to his caliphate.

Physical description

The Muharram procession. The 'tazias', miniature models of the two martyrs' tombs, being taken to the river for immersion. One of nine drawings depicting a durbar at the Murshidabad court and various Hindu and Muslim festivals and religious scenes.

Place of Origin

Murshidabad (possibly , made)
Calcutta (possibly , made)


ca. 1795 - ca. 1805 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 39.5 cm, Width: 68 cm

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache, The Muharram procession, models of tombs being taken to the river for immersion, Murshidabad, ca. 1795 - ca. 1805

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, 80 p. ISBN 0944142303


Paper; Opaque watercolour



Subjects depicted

Elephant; Processions, The Muharram procession


Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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