Posted on: 25 June 2013

Village Bengali des bords du Gange - 1841

Lithograph of a Bengali village on the banks of the Ganges by L.H. de Rudder (1807-1881) after an original drawing of November 1841 by Prince Aleksandr Mikhailovich Saltuikov and published in Paris in 1848.

The Ganges is the principal river of India and the most sacred river in Hinduism. The source of the Ganges lies at 13,000 feet above sea level, in the forty-kilometer long Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas. From here the Ganges flows through the Northern plains of India, including pilgrimage sites such a Varanasi (Benares), and drains into the Bay of Bengal.

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sobai ki lomba

It is hard to believe that Bengalis were so tall at that time. But an artist has always the liberty of drawing from his own perspective...