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Salt, Henry (after)
"ANCIENT EXCAVATIONS AT CARLI". [19TH CENTURY]
WATERCOLOUR on paper (visible image 310 x465mm.), framed and glazed
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Catalogue Note

This watercolour is based on Henry Salt's illustration published in his Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt (1809, plate 14).

The image depicts the great Buddhist Chaitya (hall of worship) at Karli (Karle). "Dating from some time between the second century BC and the first century AD, the Karli caves are in the Poona district of Maharashtra, and this chaitya is the largest rock-cut cave in India. Explorer and earl, George Annesley described the carvings and entrance screens as greatly damaged by human hand, but was much impressed by the grandeur of the huge arched roof. The cave is also distinguished by the entrance pillar, which is 24 feet high and eight feet in diameter, with a summit carving of four lions" (British Library).

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