Three sadhus engaged in ritual practices Rajasthan, Kotah, second half of the 19th Century
gouache on paper, red and orange borders, framed 224 x 272 mm.
Two of the three figures, Shivanite sadhus, are covered in ashes. The man on the left is engaged in urdhvabahu, an austere practice in which the arm was kept raised for twelve years. That on the right is practising chabi, a ritual in which the penis was twisted around a metal rod or stick.