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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil line drawing painted over in watercolour on mill made paper, with tin alloy details

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, the single figure of Balarama (brother of Krishna) is painted standing with his right foot crossed over in front of his left. He stands on a lotus flower in the pose of a dancer. His left arm is bent upwards at the elbow and he carries a horn in his left hand. In his right hand he carries a flower. The main colours used are red, blue, yellow and white with shades of grey. Personal adornments of necklaces, hair and ear ornaments are painted in tin alloy.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pencil line drawing painted over in watercolour on mill made paper, with tin alloy details


Height: 441 mm, Width: 270 mm maximum

Descriptive line

Painting, Balarama dancing on a lotus flower, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1830

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

Archer, W.G., Kalighat Paintings, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1971, p45

Production Note

The dating follows W.G Archer's 1971 catalogue of the V&A's collection of Kalighat paintings. Calcutta is referred to in the 21st Century as Kolkata.


Paint; Opaque watercolour; Paper; Tin alloy; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Deity; Lotus


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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