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Oriental Drawings is a sort of latter-day cabinet of curiosities filled with fanatics and freaks. To emphasise the impression of  religious   dementia shown in “A Pandoram, or religious enthusiast”,   Gold draws the sadhus eyes rolling skyward. The accompanying text tells us that Pandoram sects are held in the highest veneration. “They resolve never to sleep comfortably and so wear iron grills that hold oil lamps. This figure had sixteen such lamps and a forehead smeared with cow-dung ashes.” (Next)