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Jatayu, Ravana and Sita

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (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, Jatayu, the mythical vulture nephew of Garuda, is seen trying to save Sita from Ravana. The bird is depicted with his beak open, stopping Ravana carrying Sita off in her chariot through the air above. The Jatayu figure is painted larger than the other characters, to emphasis his involvement in this particular episode of the Ramayana. The main colours used are yellow, pale pink and green.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 440 mm, Width: 280 mm

Descriptive line

Painting, Jatayu with Ravana and Sita, opaque watercolour 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, P44, 45

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.


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint



Subjects depicted

Demon; Deities; Chariot; Bird


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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