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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, the four-armed Goddess Ganga is seated on her vehicle Makar, a mythological animal with elephant's head and body of a fish. The deity is holding a water container in her bottom left hand and a conch in her upper left palm, signifying the patron goddess of the River Ganges. The deity has been depicted with her third eye.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


1850-1860 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

written on the bottom right-hand corner.


Height: 411 mm maximum, Width: 279 mm maximum, Height: 466 mm card onto which object mounted, Width: 320 mm card onto which object mounted

Object history note

Part of an album, containing 196 prints, paintings and pen and pencil drawings together with 37 loose pages of paintings, calligraphic drawings, and outline pen drawings. The album was collected by late J. Lockwood Kipling between the years 1865 and 1893. In 1875 he became Principal of the Mayo School of Art, Lahore and held this post until his retirement in1893. The album was presented to the Museum by his son Rudyard Kipling in 1917.

Descriptive line

Painting, Ganga, in watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, 1850-1860

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, W.G., Kalighat Paintings a Catalogue and Introduction, Victoria & Albert Museum, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1971, pp.49-51.
SBN 11 290029 1
pp.22-23, pl.15
Archer, W.G., Bazaar Paintings of Calcutta, Victoria & Albert Museum, H.M.S.O., 1955


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint



Subjects depicted

Vessel; Deity


Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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