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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in gouache on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Scroll painting, gouache on paper, scenes from the life of Krishna. The scenes depicted are: the gopis imploring Krishna to return their clothes, Krishna milking and stealing butter, Yasoda nursing Krishna, Krishna with a cowherd, Krishna quelling Kaliya, Rama holding court, Vishnu as Kurma, Matsya and Narasimha, Vishnu as Parasuma, Ramachandra and Balarama, Jam Raja (Yama) with attendant scribes and demons, and women enduring the torment of the damned.

Place of Origin

West Bengal


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in gouache on paper

Descriptive line

Scroll painting, scenes from the life of Krishna, by an artist of the Patua caste, gouache on paper, West Bengal, ca. 1870

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

p. 53 (detail)
Sinha, Suhashini, and Panda, C, eds. Kalighat Paintings from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012. ISBN 1851776656.





Subjects depicted

Scribes; Deities; Milkmaids; Herders; Demons


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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