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  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal (made)

  • Date:

    first half 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, watercolour on paper, a man in a dhoti seated on the ground and beneath an indented arch, makes the gesture of exposition ('vitarka mudra'). The figure's upper torso is bare except some kind of 'mala' around his neck. There are two vessels beside the figure and a cloth hanging from a peg.

Place of Origin

West Bengal (made)


first half 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on paper


Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 22.2 cm

Object history note

The painting was purchased in 1979 from Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, USA

Descriptive line

Painting, seated man, watercolour on paper, West Bengal, first half 20th century

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

Sotheby Parke Bernet , N.Y., catalogue 15 June 1979, lot 3

Mildred Archer: Indian Popular Painting, pp. 16-17 and 64
London: Her Majaesty's Stationery Office 1977
ISBN 0 11 580184 7
Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :

Production Note

This 'mortuary' figure of a seated man was painted by a 'jadupatua' (magic scroll painter). By adding the pupils of the eyes on the picture, for a fee, the 'jadupatua' would endow the recently deceased subject with sight in the other world.


Paper; Watercolour




Paintings; Folk Art; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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