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Rama, Kusha and Lava

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 - ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge, to which the series was presented by Mrs. Western of Langbrookside, Havant, Hampshire

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, illustration to the Ramayana: Rama, using bows and arrows, is fighting with his (unrecognised) twin sons Kusha and Lava, to recover a horse required for sacrifice. The monkey god Hanuman, shown with blue fur, is seen in flight holding a tree, which he is using as a weapon. Their weapons and jewellery are executed in tin alloy paint.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1865 - ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper


Height: 442 mm maximum, Width: 275 mm maximum

Descriptive line

Painting, Rama fighting with Kusha and Lava, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kolkata, ca. 1865-1870

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

Archer, WG (1971) Kalighat Painting, HMSO, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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.


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Tin alloy



Subjects depicted

Deities; Bows; Arrows; Tree; Battle; Sons


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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