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Rama and Sushena

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by R. W. Skelton, 1959.

  • Museum number:

    IS.28-1959

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in watercolour and tin alloy on paper, illustration to the Ramayana, Rama asks the physician Sushena to heal Lakshmana, whom he holds in his arms, wounded by Indrajit.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)

Date

ca. 1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'sushena vaidya lakshmana murchchha'
'Sushena the physician and Lakshmana in a swoon'
handwritten in Bengali

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, Rama asks Sushena to heal Lakshmana, watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1890

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

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

Materials

Watercolour; Tin alloy; Paint; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Doctor; Deities

Categories

Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Folk Art; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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