Indian Empire, Afghanistan Baluchistan Persia Antique Print
1860 STEEL ENGRAVING - ANTIQUE PRINT
Title: ENTRANCE TO THE CAVE OF ELEPHANTA
circa 1860 Steel Engraving - Genuine Antique Print - Over 145 years old
(image protection stamp is not on the actual print)
SKETCHED BY CAPT. R. ELLIOT R.N.
SIZE: Approximate Image Size: 4 1/2 x 7 inches - Approximate Overall size including margins: 7 x 11 inches (17.5 x 28 cm)
PROVENANCE: The antique print originates from the publication, "The Indian Empire and Countries of Afghanistan, Beloochistan, Persia etc." by R. Montgomery MARTIN - From Drawings by Turner, Stanfield, Prout, Captain Elliott, Melville, H. K. Brown, etc. Published by The London Printing & Publishing Company Limited, London and New York.
CONDITION: Suitable browning from age. Light Water stain mark on the bottom corner marginal area only, not on the picture or title. Very Good Condition. Blank on Reverse side. Printed on heavier paper.
(General info only, not included with the print) The Elephanta Caves are the focal point of Gharapuri Island, which was renamed the Elephanta Island by the Portuguese, located in the Mumbai harbour off the coast of Mumbai (Bombay), India. In 1987, the caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists. In recent years, complaints have been made that visitors mistreat this important cultural and historic site. Most of the sculptures here were defaced by the Portuguese, who used the sculptures as target practice in the 17th century. The Portuguese also gave the island its modern name, Elephanta from Gharapuri. The rock-cut temple complex cover an area of 60,000 sq ft consisting of a main chamber, 2 lateral ones, courtyards and subsidiary shrines. The site of these magnificent caves contained beautiful reliefs, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu god Siva. The caves are hewn from solid rock. The temple complex is said to be the abode of Shiva, one of the principal deities of Hinduism.(wikipedia source)