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Lava and Kusha carrying Hanuman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, the picture depicts Lava and Kusha, the twin sons of Rama and Sita carrying the bound Hanuman on a pole. Hanuman was defeated in a battle and then captured by Lava and Kusha who then took him to their mother as a present. The story from Ramayana relates to Sita's banishment and her life in an ashram or a hermitage where she gave birth to the twin sons.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'lava kusha'
[subjects' names]
handwritten on object

Object history note

Acquired from Miss M Steele as part of the collection inherited from her mother, a scholar in Sanskrit at Cambridge in 1894. When delivering the pictures, 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, Lava and Kusha carrying Hanuman, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1885

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

pl. 50, cat. no. 25, xxii: p.69.
Kalighat paintings : a catalogue and introduction / by W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1971 Number: 0112900291 :


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Prisoner; Hinduism; Deities


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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