• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 141

    G.G. Palmer, 19th Century

    A Muhurram procession

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    G.G. Palmer, 19th Century
    A Muhurram procession
    signed and dated 'G.G. Palmer/1876' (lower right), with inscription 'G.G. Palmer/Surveyor Generals Office/46 Park St Calcutta' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    17¼ x 22¾. (44 x 57.7cm.)

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    The festival is probably a Muhurram procession where the deity is carried through the streets but the picture appears to be a fantasy rather than a specific event. The Muhurram festival commemorates the martydom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Muhammad. Taziyas, symbolising the martyr's tomb are carried through the streets and devotees beat theirs chests crying 'Husain Husain'.

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