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Title

Balarama and his wife Revati

1880-1899


Artist

Kalighat school

India

circa 1830 - 1930


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. From around 1830, distinctive, quickly painted souvenirs were produced in large numbers for visitors who flocked to the temple. The images were intended to aid domestic worship and typically illustrate Hindu deities. Later, mass-produced prints replaced Kalighat paintings. The Hindu gods and goddesses were popular subjects for the Kalighat artists. Balarama is the elder brother of the Hindu god Krishna. Here we see Balarama with a plough in his left hand, associating him with agriculture. His right foot raised to suggest music and dance.Balarama is accompanied by his wife Revati who had travelled from an earlier yuga (time period) to
marry him.


Details


Other Title

Balaram and his wife


Place where the work was made

Kalighat Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal India


Date

1880-1899


Media categories

Painting , Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour with silver paint on paper


Dimensions

45.2 x 28.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1959


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EP1.1959


Artist information

Kalighat school

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Kate Brittlebank, TAASA Review, 'Unexpected Connections: An Australian Kalighat Album Reunited', pg. 4-5, Sydney, Mar 2006.

Kate Brittlebank, TAASA Review, "Postscript: Kalighat's Missionaries', pg. 23, Sydney, Dec 2003.

Kate Brittlebank, Journal of the History of Collections, 'Anthropology, fine art and missionaries: The Berndt Kalighat album rediscovered', pg.127-142, Oxford, May 2008.