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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Chamba (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, Kali, the Great Goddess, is shown here triumphantly seated on Shiva. She is dark-skinned, four-armed and wears a golden crown. On either side, female devotees. To the right, the four-headed Brahma in a dark red dhoti and to the left Vishnu in a dark yellow dhoti. Strewn around are eight corpses about to be devoured by jackals and vultures. The background is greyish-black.

Place of Origin

Chamba (made)


ca. 1710 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 133 mm, Width: 188 mm

Object history note

Formerly in the Rothenstein collection.

Descriptive line

Painting, Kali triumphant, opaque watercolour on paper, Chamba, ca. 1710

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

p. 80, cat. no. 7.
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022
p. 220, cat. no. 459
In the image of man : the Indian perception of the universe through 2000 years of painting and sculpture : [exhibition / organized by Catherine Lampert assisted by Rosalie Cass]. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson :in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1982 Number: 0297780719, 0297781243 (pbk.)


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Deities; Vultures; Corpses; Jackals; Worshippers


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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