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Title

The goddess Durga, mother of Ganesh

late 19th century


Artist

Kalighat school

India

circa 1830 - 1930


About

The goddesses of special importance in Bengal were another favourite subject. In this painting of Durga the usually fearsome goddess is shown as the gentle mother of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, whom she carries on her knee. The composition is typical of the style, emerging from the need to produce pictures quickly and cheaply.

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


Details


Alternative title

Ganesh Janany


Place where the work was made

Kalighat Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal India


Date

late 19th century


Media categories

Painting , Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour with gold and silver paint on paper


Dimensions

44.0 x 27.6 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1959


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EP3.1959


Artist information

Kalighat school

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 5.1

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