Kalighat Painting


From: India | Calcutta

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-225-8
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Indian
Provenience India | Calcutta
Date Made 19th Century
Section Asian
Materials Paper | Pigment
Technique Painted
Iconography Prawn | Cat
Inscription Language English Language

Kalighat painting on brown paper. Image of stylized cat holding a prawn in its mouth representing the hypocritical religious ascetic or monk who despite renouncing the world continues to enjoy earthly pleasures. Folk art style with thin, bright pigments loosely applied. Some silver paint.

Height 45.72 cm
Width 27.94 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

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