Fire festival, India, 1774-1781.

Poison

Fire festival, India, 1774-1781.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Description

Engraving by Poison after a painting by Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814), showing Hindus walking barefoot over hot coals in honour of Darma-Raja and Drobede. On the right four men are carrying an idol representing a deity. Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781' ('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781'), published in 1782.

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