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A Hindu ascetic or holy man performing self-torture, accompanied by a woman. Gouache painting by an artist of Thanjavur (Tanjore), ca. 1800 (?).

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[1800? (?)]

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The man is naked apart from a black turban and armbands, a sash and a g-string; he has black and white tilaka (religious markings) on his forehead and carries a bundle wrapped in saffron cloth on his right shoulder. He is cutting into his left thigh with a small knife, and appears to be vomiting into his kamandal (holy pot). The woman is dressed in a white robe, has white tilaka on her forehead, gold chains around her neck, and carries a kamandal

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[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1800? (?)]

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1 painting : gouache, with gold on card ; image and border 35.9 x 26.3 cm

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[Indistinct] ; beggars

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A Hindu ascetic or holy man performing self-torture, accompanied by a woman. Gouache painting by an artist of Thanjavur (Tanjore), ca. 1800 (?). Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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