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Kusha and Lava

  • 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, Kusha and Lava with the horse intended for the Asvamedha sacrifice, fighting Rama and Hanuman who were sent to retrieve it.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 450 mm, Width: 278 mm maximum

Object history note

Acquired from Miss M Steele, being part of a 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, Kusha and Lava with horse for Asvamedha sacrifice, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1885

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

Archer, W G: 'Kalighat Paintings', V&A, 1971, p67, 23xlvii


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Deities; Horse


Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Animals and Wildlife; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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