Signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: Shambhu Bharti Baba, traditionally naked Naga Sadhu in sandy basement porch-shelter under Pilgrims' Guest-house above ancient Manikarnika Ghat burning-grounds at Ganges waterside in Benares, oldest cintinuously inhabited city on Earth. During six-months stay a few alleys down-river, I visited occasionally to smoke chilams, clay pipes as at [?] edge of fire-pit, packed with ganja-tobacco mix & share Baba's silence vow along with small circle of his friends, devotees, local schoolteachers & clerks. One morning I brought camera, he invited me to take pictures rising to disrobe loin-cloth & G-string, stood nude beside Naga spear, brass waterpot & Shiva Trident. See Indian Journals [title underlined], 1970, p.130. December 18, 1962, 10:30 AM.; on verso, by unknown hand, across center in black ink: Photograph By Allen Ginsberg COPYRIGHT 1994 NYC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Fax 212-675-1686; across lower center in graphite: GD-AG-85; in lower right corner: GDC-874 AGI96 12; across lower right: IV (5/5) SK SIGNED 8/14/95 12/18/62 INDIA (LOST & FOUND NEGS.)
Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2008.