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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1341

    A large kalighat painting of Kali trampling upon Shiva


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    A large kalighat painting of Kali trampling upon Shiva
    India, Kolkata, 19th century
    The four-armed deity holding a sword and head in two hands, wearing a flaming skirt, garland of heads and silver jewelry, her face with third eye backed by a halo, flanked by two nude female warriors, severed limbs and head with beasts of prey near Shiva below
    Opaque pigments and silver on paper
    50 x 39 in. (126.5 x 98.7 cm.)

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    Kalighat paintings originated in the 19th century as a souvenir item associated with the Kalighat temple in Kolkata and gradually transformed into a distinguished school of painting of their own. They are characterized by fields of bold watercolors, applied onto paper in loose and wide brushstrokes. The figures are modeled with simple shadows into gently rounded forms, their faces with elongated eyes, against flat backgrounds. Though their subjects can be either religious or secular, the paintings of Hindu icons are timeless, and the present example is rare for its exceptionally large size.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Paul F. Walter


    Images from a Changing World: Kalighat Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 10 June - 30 August, 1999