Lithograph. Sheet: 380 x 325mm, (15 x 12¾").
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex of the Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment. The complex contains the Mahabodhi Temple, depicted here, with the diamond throne (called the Vajrasana) and the holy Bodhi tree. Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1817-1849), encouraged by Alexander von Humboldt, commenced a scientific expedition to India in September 1844, reaching Calcutta in January 1845 via Athens, Egypt, and Ceylon, and travelled on to Patna, Kathmandu, Benaras, Delhi, Naini Tal and into Tibet. While the Anglo-Sikh wars ranged about them, the expedition gathered a huge amount of specimens and data on the cultural, historical, social and political scenery of India, and Waldemar, a keen and talented artist, made hundreds and hundreds of fine sketches and watercolours, depicting landscapes, village life and monuments as well as Anglo-Sikh battles. These were later skilfully turned into lithographs and published as 'Zur Erinnerung an die Reise nach Indien 1844-46'.
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