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painting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2004,0408,0.7

  • Description

    Painting on paper of the goddess Kali, in Kalighat style. She is depicted haloed and four armed and striding over a recumbent Śiva. In her upper left she carries a sacrificial knife (ram-dao) and in her lower left she carries a decapitated head. She sticks her tongue out in the iconographically usual way. Silver paint has been used to indicate her many items of jewellery. Framed and glazed.

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  • Date

    • 19thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 centimetres
    • Width: 27.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        bottom Right
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Kali
  • Condition

    The paper has discoloured and is torn at the bottom (part of the torso of Siva is lost) and small losses are seen at the top (left and right).

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2004

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2004,0408,0.7

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