The court of the jackal raja. Watercolour drawing c. 1870.

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Based on an Indian saying that even in the jungle even the jackal can be king. The painting is based on two tales, the top one shows a royal figure sitting on a divan with two attendants and the bottom one shows a court scene with two creatures probably foxes about to be passed judgement on by the Raja jackal

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1 drawing : pencil, with watercolour and silver


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


Wellcome Collection 26724i


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