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Title

Jagadhatri

late 19th century

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Date
    late 19th century
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    chromolithograph
    Dimensions
    41.0 x 31.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    106.2011
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    The Calcutta Art Studio

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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.Jagadhatri is a form of the great goddess, Devi, like Durga, and she shares similarities with the latter. However, Jagadhatri varies slightly from Durga in that she defeats the elephant demon, Karindrasura, rather than the buffalo one, Mahishasura. Jagadhatri means ‘holder of the world,’ and she is worshipped most heavily in the Bengal region. Two inscriptions along the base, probably in Hindi, along with the English note “Designed and Published by The Calcutta Art Studio 185 Bowbazar Street Calcutta.”

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2015

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India

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