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Kali, Durga, Chanda and Munda

Painting
ca.1800 - ca. 1820 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Kali attacks in the battle scene from one of the ancient Puranas, the Markandeya (Devimahatmya), the story of the goddess Durga's battle and defeat of the buffalo-demon Mahisa. A long war takes place between the gods led by Indra and the antigods, riding a lion Durga goes to defeat the armies of the antigods. Kali attacks the demons Chanda and Munda, and presents their heads to Chandi (Durga). Album painting, representing the terrible Goddess Kali triumphant on the battlefield, Rajasthan, Kangra style, 18th century.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Brief Description
Painting, Kali slaying the demons Chanda and Munda, Markandeya Purana, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Guler, ca. 1800-1820
Physical Description
Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Kali attacks in the battle scene from one of the ancient Puranas, the Markandeya (Devimahatmya), the story of the goddess Durga's battle and defeat of the buffalo-demon Mahisa. A long war takes place between the gods led by Indra and the antigods, riding a lion Durga goes to defeat the armies of the antigods. Kali attacks the demons Chanda and Munda, and presents their heads to Chandi (Durga). Album painting, representing the terrible Goddess Kali triumphant on the battlefield, Rajasthan, Kangra style, 18th century.
Dimensions
  • Page height: 260mm
  • Page width: 318mm
  • Image within innermost painted borders height: 178mm
  • Image within innermost painted borders width: 235mm
26/06/2013 dimensions measured as part of Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project 2013
Content description
Kali attacks the demons Chanda and Munda, and presents their heads to Chandi (Durga).
Style
Gallery Label
KALI ATTACKS Illustration of a scene from the Devi Mahatmya Opaque watercolour and gold on paper Guler, Punjab Hills c.1800-1820 IS 54-1962 The ferocious goddess Kali is killing the demon generals Chanda and Munda. To the left she is seen presenting their heads to the goddess Durga, whose lion is also shown springing on the demon horde. Both Kali and Durga are forms of the great goddess Devi, and Kali was given the name Chamundi in honour of this victory. The Devi Mahatmya is a text concerned with the worship of the goddess or Devi, whose cult was widespread in the Punjab Hills.(2000)
Object history
Rawson, Philip S., Hayward Gallery and Arts Council of Great Britain. Tantra. Hayward Gallery, London 30 September-7 November 1971. London, Arts Council of Great Britain, [1971]. p. 46, no. 197.



ehejia, Vidya (ed.) Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,1999. ISBN 8185822638/3791321293, p. 238-9, cat. 15

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Bibliographic Reference
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022p.164, cat. no. 61ii.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.54-1962

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record createdOctober 28, 2002
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