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  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, a figure of a winged apsaras, or nymph, is seen with a cobra. The apsaras is depicted as wearing only a short skirt but bare upper body but adorned in Kalighat style in tin alloy with multi-string necklace, earrings, amulets and bracelets. The apsaras is also adorned with an English style crown, indicating an European inspired image.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper


Height: 450 mm, Width: 274 mm maximum

Object history note

Purchased from Miss M. Steele in 1950, as part of a collection inherited from her mother, a scholar in Sanskrit in 1894. Miss Steele reported that her grandmother had also lived in India for some time and that it was possible that the pictures were originally collected by her.

Descriptive line

Painting, winged apsaras dancing with snake, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1885

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

Archer, W.G., Bazaar Paintings of Calcutta the Style of Kalighat, Victoria & Albert Museum, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Ofice 1953, p.23.

pl. no. 47, cat. no. 23, lvii: p.67.
Kalighat paintings : a catalogue and introduction / by W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1971 Number: 0112900291 :


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Jewellery; Cobra; Nymph


Paintings; Myths & Legends; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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