Indian Empire, Afghanistan Baluchistan Persia Antique Print
1860 STEEL ENGRAVING - ANTIQUE PRINT
Title: SUTTEEISM ON THE BANKS OF THE GANGES - PREPARING FOR THE IMMOLATION OF A HINDOO WIDOW
circa 1860 Steel Engraving - Genuine Antique Print - Over 135 years old
(image protection stamp is not on the actual print)
Caption at the bottom of title: "The prohibition of this abominable custom is supposed to be one of the causes which has led to the mutinies in India."
DRAWN BY CAPT. GRINDLAY
ENGRAVER: J REDAWAY
SIZE: Approximate Image Size: 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 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. Small 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) Sati (also suttee) is a funeral practice among some Hindu communities in which a recently-widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The term is derived from the original name of the goddess Sati also known as Dakshayani, who immolated herself, unable to bear her father Daksha's humiliation of her (living) husband Shiva. The term may also be used to refer to the widow herself. The term sati is now sometimes interpreted as 'chaste woman'. With strict laws against Sati, the practice has become rare.(wikipedia source) - Former Indian funeral practice in which the widow immolated herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The practice of killing a favorite wife on her husband’s grave has been found in many parts of the world; it was followed by such peoples as the Thracians, the Scythians, the ancient Egyptians, the Scandinavians, the Chinese, and peoples of Oceania and Africa. Suttee was probably taken over by Hinduism from a more ancient source. Its stated purpose was to expiate the sins of both husband and wife and to ensure the couple’s reunion beyond the grave, but it was encouraged by the low regard in which widows were held. The practice was not universal throughout Hindu history. It was abolished by law in British India in 1829, but isolated cases of voluntary suttee have occurred into the 20th century. - The Ganges (also Ganga in most Indian languages) is a major river in the Indian subcontinent flowing east through the eponymous plains of northern India into Bangladesh.