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An image of The god Narrayon, as an incarnation of a fish by Kalighat school

Kalighat school

(India circa 1830 – 1930)

The god Narrayon, as an incarnation of a fish
Other titles:
Matsya, the fish avatar of Vishnu
Place of origin
Kolkata (Calcutta)West BengalIndia
late 19th century
Media categories
Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
watercolour with silver paint on paper

42.5 x 27.3 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1959
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The Hindu gods and goddesses were popular subjects for the Kalighat artists. Vishnu in one of his ten incarnations or avatars was a particular favourite, as for example in this painting of Vishnu as the fish avatar, Matsya.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.48.

Bibliography (4)

Rachel Barnes, Guardian weekly, 'Indian inklings', pg. 26-27, Manchester, 08 Mar 1994. General reference

Kate Brittlebank, TAASA Review, 'Unexpected Connections: An Australian Kalighat Album Reunited', pg. 4-5, Sydney, Jun 2006, 5 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Folk Paintings and Souvenir Pictures', Sydney, 2003, 48 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Artworks from India under the British Raj...', pg.30, Newtown, Jul 2010, 30 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Indian Folk Paintings and Textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May 2004–04 Jul 2004

Trash or Treasure: Souvenirs of Travel, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 25 Jun 2008–30 Jun 2009