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Saraswati sitting on a lotus with her elephant fish. Coloured lithograph.

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26822i
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Saraswati is the consort of Brahma. She is a river goddess lauded for her fertilising and purifying water qualities and as the bestower of fertility, fatness and wealth

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1 print : lithograph, with watercolour and silver

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

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Wellcome Library no. 26822i

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