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A goddess on a flowering plant holding a baby elephant, could either be Lakshmi or Parvati. Watercolour drawing.

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Lakshmi usually appears with elephants anointing her with water, while Parvati usually appears with an elephant-headed baby Ganesha

Physical description

1 drawing : watercolour, with pencil

Notes

Kalighat painting is a school of painting in Kalighat, a small district in Calcutta. It is named after the celebrated Hindu goddess Kali. Kalighat painting originated from the folkart tradition of rural Bengal. The Patuas or picture makers had migrated from Bengal in the early nineteenth century. There are a range of subjects from religious imagery of Hindu gods, goddesses and stories to natural history, social types and proverbs. The range of materials used in drawing are pencil, watercolour, indian ink and silver paint

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 26101i

Lettering note

Lettering appears in pencil, "Devi" meaning goddess

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