This is an original 1878 black and white wood engraving of jogees of India. The men would plunge small knives into their bodies and would bleed until they received a sufficient amount of money in their pan. The knives they used were incredibly pointed and conical, and caused wounds of little consequence, and were almost always skin deep.
This 133+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. Light moisture wrinkling. Please note that there is print on the verso of this steel engraving.
Product Type: Original Wood Engraving; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 6.75 inches; 15 x 17 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Keywords specific to this image: knives, blood, LaPlante, Indian