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Arjuna and Draupadi

  • 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, Arjuna shooting at the eye of a fish to obtain Draupadi in marriage.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'draupadir svayambar'
'the wedding tournament for Draupadi'
handwritten on object

'Urjoona hitting with an arrow the eye of a fish placed above in the air for handing the hand of Dampadi - such being the condition of the marriage.'
inscription on old mount card

Object history note

Acquired from Miss M Steele, being 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, Arjuna and Draupadi, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1885

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

Archer, W G: 'Kalighat Paintings', V&A, 1971, p70, 25xxxi
p. 60
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.


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Prince; Princess; Competition


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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