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Kali

Painting
ca. 1710 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, Kali, the Great Goddess, is shown here triumphantly seated on Shiva. She is dark-skinned, four-armed and wears a golden crown. On either side, female devotees. To the right, the four-headed Brahma in a dark red dhoti and to the left Vishnu in a dark yellow dhoti. Strewn around are eight corpses about to be devoured by jackals and vultures. The background is greyish-black.


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Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, Kali triumphant, opaque watercolour on paper, Chamba, ca. 1710
Physical Description
Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, Kali, the Great Goddess, is shown here triumphantly seated on Shiva. She is dark-skinned, four-armed and wears a golden crown. On either side, female devotees. To the right, the four-headed Brahma in a dark red dhoti and to the left Vishnu in a dark yellow dhoti. Strewn around are eight corpses about to be devoured by jackals and vultures. The background is greyish-black.
Dimensions
  • Height: 133mm
  • Width: 188mm
Border trimmed.
Content description
Kali, the Great Goddess, is shown here triumphantly seated on Shiva. She is dark-skinned, four-armed and wears a golden crown. On either side, female devotees. To the right, the four-headed Brahma in a dark red dhoti and to the left Vishnu in a dark yellow dhoti. Strewn around are eight corpses about to be devoured by jackals and vultures. The background is greyish-black.
Styles
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund
Object history
Formerly in the Rothenstein collection.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022p. 80, cat. no. 7.
  • In the image of man : the Indian perception of the universe through 2000 years of painting and sculpture : [exhibition / organized by Catherine Lampert assisted by Rosalie Cass]. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson :in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1982 Number: 0297780719, 0297781243 (pbk.)p. 220, cat. no. 459
Collection
Accession Number
IS.126-1951

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record createdJuly 21, 2000
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