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Elevation of the black stone arch

ca. 1820 - ca. 1822 (drawn)
Place of origin

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

Object details

Object type
TitleElevation of the black stone arch (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Architectural; Drawings, Elevation of the black stone arch, Delhi, ca. 1820 - ca. 1822
Physical description
Elevation of the black stone arch near the Temple of Jagannatha, puri.
  • Length: 61cm
  • Width: 48cm
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.)
Credit line
Given by Col R.W. Phipps
Object history
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).
Subject depicted
Place depicted
Bibliographic reference
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
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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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