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Title

Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura

late 19th century


Artist

The Calcutta Art Studio

India

1878 -


About

As Ravi Varma’s prints became extremely popular in the late 1800s other presses that produced similar material were established. The Calcutta Art Studio was established circa 1878 by Ananda Prasad Bagchi and four of his students from the Government School of Art. Beginning with hand coloured monochrome prints the studio quickly purchased a lithographic press and began to produce chromolithographic religious prints like this one. In this print, the goddess attacks the demon bestride her lion mount. The entire image is constructed to represent a sculpture of the scene, typically setting the action mounted on a stand and surrounded by a mandorla. One inscription, probably in Hindi, along the base reads ‘The Calcutta Art Studio.”

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2015


Details


Place where the work was made

India


Date

late 19th century


Media category

Print


Materials used

chromolithograph


Dimensions

40.2 x 31.8 cm


Credit

Gift of Jim Masselos 2011


Location

Not on display


Accession number

105.2011


Artist information

The Calcutta Art Studio

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
India

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jim Masselos, Goddess: Divine Energy, 'A goddess for everyone: the mass production of divine images', Sydney, 2006, 148 ( colour illus.).