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Savitri, Yama and Satravan

Painting
ca. 1885 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, Savitri the wife of Satyavan and her husband, who has died upon her lap, begging Yama, the God of Death standing above them, to restore his life.


Object details
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Object type
Materials and techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Brief description
Painting, Savitri begging Yama to restore her husband Satyavan, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1885
Physical description
Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, Savitri the wife of Satyavan and her husband, who has died upon her lap, begging Yama, the God of Death standing above them, to restore his life.
Dimensions
  • Height: 453mm
  • Width: 280mm (maximum)
07/08/2013 dimensions measured as part of Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project 2013.
Content description
Savitri the wife of Satyavan and her husband, who has died upon her lap, begging Yama, the God of Death standing above them, to restore his life.
Style
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Archer, W.G (1953) Kalighat Painting, HMSO, London, p19, fig 26.
  • Archer, W.G., Bazaar Paintings of Calcutta, Victoria & Albert Museum, H.M.S.O., 1955p. 23, fig. 26
Collection
Accession number
IS.688-1950

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Record createdJanuary 7, 2003
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