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Garuda carrying Balarama and Krishna

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 - ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • 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:

    IS.236-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Garuda, Vishnu's mount with the body of a man and head of an eagle, is shown carrying Balarama and his brother Krishna on his shoulders.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)

Date

ca. 1865 - ca. 1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper

Dimensions

Height: 438 mm maximum, Width: 278 mm

Object history note

Historical significance: Calcutta was recognised as the capital of British India from 1833-1912. By the 1830s, artists had arrived in Calcutta from rural villages in Bengal and began to produce paintings that reflected the 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, Garuda carrying Krishna and Balarama, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1865-1870

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

Jain, J (1999) Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World, Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, India, p4.
pl. no. 17, cat. no. 10, vi: p. 54.
Kalighat paintings : a catalogue and introduction / by W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1971 Number: 0112900291 :

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Tin alloy

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Deities; Eagle

Categories

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

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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