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Fakir, 1900


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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on a photographic print by R.C Mazumdar
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  • Collectible giclée fine art print;
  • Hand-printed in England, with individual embossing;
  • Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity;
  • Guaranteed archival quality for over a century;
  • Each sale directly supports the artisan;
  • Global shipping available;
  • Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing


Taken c. 1900, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
(Wellcome Collection)

"Benares, now known as Varanasi is considered one of the great holy cities in India on the banks of the Ganges river. Sādhus, or holy men, of which there are several million, are revered by many Indians, and are a common sight now as they were over a century ago. The long, thick dreadlocks wraps are known as jata. The sādhus' ghostly appearance is explained by smearing themselves in ash from sandalwood, incense, or the ash of cremated bodies.

The origins of the bed of nails can be found in the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit poem. In it, the celibate warrior Bhishma was killed by the archer Arjuna in battle, pierced by innumerable arrows. The sight of Bhishma's fall on a bed of arrows was said to humble the gods."

– Jordan J. Lloyd

This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.


"Benares, India: a fakir sitting on a bed of nails. Photograph by R.C. Mazumdar, ca. 1900 (?)."

Our prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing. Small prints will ship in a stiffened envelope rather than a postal tube.

S (A4) – 21 × 29.7 cm / 8.3 × 11.7 inches
M (A3) – 29.7 × 42 cm / 11.7 × 16.5 inches
L (A2) – 42 × 59.4 cm / 16.5 × 23.4 inches
XXL (A0) – 84.1 × 118.9 cm / 33.1 × 46.8 inches

Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts. More information about our prints can be found here.
‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only. Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.