Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Shiva and Sati

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by M. N. Varvill, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    IS.265-1955

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Shiva with the dead Sati.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)

Date

ca. 1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Suttee's dead body on Mohadeva's shoulder'

Object history note

Given by M N Varvill, Esq., in 1955.

Historical significance: Calcutta was the capital of British India from 1833-1912. By the 1830s, artists had arrived in Calcutta from rural villages in Bengal and began to produce paintings that reflected the local history, mythology, customs and conflicts of a colonised society. As a popular art form, these artists are recognised for their use of brilliant colour, simplified images and swift brushstrokes that became the hallmark of Kalighat painting in the 19th and early 20th century.

Descriptive line

Painting, Shiva with the dead Sati, watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1890

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

Archer, W G: 'Kalighat Paintings', V&A, 1971, p73, 26iv

Materials

Watercolour; Tin alloy; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Deities

Categories

Paintings; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.