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Shiva and Parvati


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kalighat Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal India
    Media category
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    28.0 x 24.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    Images such as this are known as Kalighat paintings, after the famous Kalighat temple in Kolkata (Calcutta) dedicated to Kali, the fearsome goddess of time and death. Kalighat paintings developed as inexpensive souvenirs for sale to pilgrims visiting the temple and were intended to aid domestic worship. In this painting the great god Shiva is shown seated with his consort Parvati (Uma) sleeping in his lap.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Haema Sivanesan (Assistant Curator), Indian painting, Sydney, 2001. cat. no. 5.3