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  • 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 churning of the ocean of milk. A god and a demon are depicted churning; Mount Mandarachala is the churning rod, and Vasuki, the king of serpents, is the rope.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'samudra manthana'
'churning of the ocean'
handwritten on object

Object history note

Acquired from Miss M Steele as part of the collection inherited from her mother

Descriptive line

Painting, churning of the ocean, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1885

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

Archer, W G: 'Kalighat Paintings', V&A, 1971, p71, 25lxii


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Snake; Churn; Deities


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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