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An image of Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura by The Calcutta Art Studio

The Calcutta Art Studio

(India 1878 – )

Title
Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura
Place of origin
India
Year
late 19th century
Media category
Print
Materials used
chromolithograph
Dimensions

40.2 x 31.8 cm

Credit
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Accession number
105.2011
Location
Not on display
Further information

As Ravi Varma’s prints became extremely popular in the late 1800s in India, other presses that produced similar material, such as The Calcutta Art Studio, were established. 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 and the imprint ‘The Calcutta Art Studio.”

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2011.

Bibliography (1)

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