[Calcutta] Procession of the Churruckpooja.
Lithograph. Framed. Visible area: 860 x 380mm, (33¾ x 15"). Frame: 900 x 430mm, (35 x 17"). Unexamined out of frame. Vertical crease as issued. Additional creases and repaired damage.
View of the parade of Charak Puja, a celebration held in April on the eve of the Bengali New Year. Sometimes referred to as the 'Hook-swinging festival' by Europeans on account of the painful piercings devotees inflicted on themselves as punishment, the celebrations included a vibrant procession of dancing, pageants and music. In the image statues of peacocks, tigers and elephants are pulled along by the crowd while Europeans in carriages watch the spectacle. From 'Views of Calcutta and its Environs' by Charles D'Oyly.
[Ref: 35171] £580.00