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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Saraswati sits on a lotus flower surrounded by flowering lotuses and green stems. She is the goddess of learning and patroness of art, music and the sciences. She is dressed in a blue salwaar-kameez rather than a sari. She holds a long silver stem (executed in tin alloy) diagonally in her hands. It is unclear what this is - she is normally shown holding a musical instrument, the veena.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper


Height: 410 mm maximum, Width: 276 mm maximum

Descriptive line

Painting, Saraswati, 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, 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.


Watercolour; Tin alloy; Paint; Paper



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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