Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Baman and Bali

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 - ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting in opaque watercolour on paper, Vishnu as Baman, the dwarf avatar places his third foot on the head of demon king Bali. Bali was a devotee of Vishnu and granted three spaces of land to Baman. Baman covered the heaven and the earth with his two feet and asked where would he place his third foot. The Baman avatar has been depicted wearing peacock feather as his head-gear in the same style as Krishna.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1850 - ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Descriptive line

Painting, Vishnu as Baman with foot on Bali's head, opaque watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1850-1870


Paint; Opaque watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Dwarf; Hinduism; Deity; Demon


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


South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.