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.
late 19th century
watercolour with gold and silver paint on paper
44.0 x 27.6 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
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, Newtown, Jul 2010, 30 (colour illus.).