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Title

Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura

late 19th century

Artist

The Calcutta Art Studio

India

1878 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Date
    late 19th century
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    chromolithograph
    Dimensions
    40.2 x 31.8 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    105.2011
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    The Calcutta Art Studio

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    As Ravi Varma’s prints became extremely popular in the late 1800s other presses that produced similar material were established. The Calcutta Art Studio was established circa 1878 by Ananda Prasad Bagchi and four of his students from the Government School of Art. Beginning with hand coloured monochrome prints the studio quickly purchased a lithographic press and began to produce chromolithographic religious prints like this one. 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 reads ‘The Calcutta Art Studio.”

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2015

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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

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