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Jatayu, Ravana and Sita

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.200-1950

  • 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)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Dimensions

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.

Materials

Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Demon; Deities; Chariot; Bird

Categories

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

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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