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  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    circa 1855-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rudyard Kipling

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, depicting a four-headed and four-armed Brahma seated cross-legged on a throne, under which is a swan.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


circa 1855-1860 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper


Height: 414 mm maximum, Width: 277 mm maximum, Height: 437 mm card onto which object mounted, Width: 302 mm card onto which object mounted

Object history note

From the J Lockwood Kipling collection, given by Rudyard Kipling in 1917

Descriptive line

Painting, Brahma, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, ca. 1855-1860

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

Archer, W G: Kalighat Paintings, V&A, London, 1971, pp 49-51
p. 47 and p. 7 (detail) and p. 17 Fig1.4
Sinha, Suhashini, and Panda, C, eds. Kalighat Paintings from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012. ISBN 1851776656.

Production Note



Watercolour; Tin alloy; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Throne; Swan; Deity


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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