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Dervishes Dancing, 19th century

Unknown (Indian, Punjab? - 19th century)

brush and black ink on paper
23.6 x 28.5 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23635)

Whirling Dervishes are members of a muslim religious order in which mystic faith takes the form of a doctrine based on music, song and dance. The cult was introduced in India by the Mughals. This drawing depicts a group of dancer-priests practising their sacred dance.

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