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Kali holding a demon's head. Watercolour.

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The goddess Kali is portrayed as a terrifying demoness wearing a garland of skulls and sticking out her tongue red with blood. Her fearsome appearance is intended to frighten off evil spirits against which she is invoked

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1 drawing : watercolour, with pencil 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 Library no. 26154i

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