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Exhibition of Rhinoceros-Fighting at Baroda, 1876. Creator: Unknown

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Exhibition of Rhinoceros-Fighting at Baroda, 1876. Creator: Unknown

Exhibition of Rhinoceros-Fighting at Baroda, 1876. Entertainment laid on for the future King Edward VII by the Gaekwar of Baroda during a royal visit to India. From "Illustrated London News", 1876

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This engraving, titled "Exhibition of Rhinoceros-Fighting at Baroda, 1876," depicts a thrilling scene of entertainment laid on for the future King Edward VII during his royal visit to India. The Gaekwar of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao III, is shown presiding over the event, with a large crowd of onlookers, including British dignitaries and Indian nobles, gathered around. Two rhinoceroses, chained and wearing leg irons, face each other in the center of the arena, their massive horns locked in a fierce battle. The air is thick with tension and danger as the animals grunt and strain against their chains. The event, which was a common form of entertainment in India during the 19th century, was undoubtedly controversial and sparked much debate regarding animal cruelty. The image, published in the "Illustrated London News" in 1876, offers a glimpse into the past, providing a window into the exotic and intriguing world of the British Raj in India. The scene is a stark reminder of the complex relationship between man and nature during this period, as well as the enduring fascination with the dangerous and the unknown. Despite the controversy surrounding such events, they were a regular occurrence during the colonial era, with the display of power and control over nature and animals being a symbol of wealth and prestige. Today, however, such practices are widely condemned, and the rhinoceros, an endangered species, is protected by international law. This engraving serves as a reminder of the past, offering a unique perspective on a time when the lines between entertainment and cruelty were blurred.

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