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An image of The goddess Durga, mother of Ganesh by Kalighat school

Kalighat school

(India circa 1830 – 1930)

The goddess Durga, mother of Ganesh
Alternative title:
Ganesh Janany
Place of origin
KalighatKolkata (Calcutta)West BengalIndia
late 19th century
Media categories
Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
watercolour with gold and silver paint on paper

44.0 x 27.6 cm (irreg.)

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

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.

Bibliography (3)

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. 5.1

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

Exhibition history (2)

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001

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