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Title

Jagadhatri

late 19th century


Artist

The Calcutta Art Studio

India

1878 -


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


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


Artist information

The Calcutta Art Studio

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
India