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Lava, Kusha and Hanuman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on cardboard

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in watercolour and tin alloy on cardboard, illustration to the Ramayana, Lava and Kusha, the sons of Rama, fighting Hanuman after mistakenly detaining the sacrificial white horse.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1890 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on cardboard

Marks and inscriptions

'laba kush'
[subjects' names]
inscribed in Bengali


Height: 88 mm, Width: 137 mm

Object history note

Historical significance: Calcutta was recognised as the Capital of British India from 1833-1912. By the 1830s, artists had arrived from rural villages in Bengal and began to produce paintings that reflected local history, mythology, customs and conflicts of a colonised society. As a popular art form, these artists are recognised for their use of brilliant colour, simplified images and swift brushstrokes that became the hallmark of Kalighat painting in the 19th and early 20th century.

Descriptive line

Painting, Lava and Kusha fighting Hanuman, watercolour and tin alloy on cardboard, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1890

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

Archer, W.G (1971) 'Kalighat Painting' London, HMSO.


Watercolour; Tin alloy; Cardboard; Paint



Subjects depicted

Arrows; Deities; Bows


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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