Goddess Kali - Kalighat Painting 1850s

Medium: Watercolour on lithographed outlines

Kali is a form of Durga and considered as Shakti, the Goddess of Strength. This picture is a replica of the image which is worshipped inside the Kalighat temple. The format of the image has influence and origin in Bengal tribal culture. Kalighat is considered by Bengali Hindus as a 'Pitasthan' and Sati's toes were supposed to have fallen at this site.

Purchased from Mrs H. Wagner in 1955.

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