An image of Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura

The Calcutta Art Studio

(India 1878 – )

Durga slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura

Location
Not on display
Further information

As Ravi Varma’s prints became extremely popular in the late 1800s other presses that produced similar material were established. The Calcutta Art Studio was established circa 1878 by Ananda Prasad Bagchi and four of his students from the Government School of Art. Beginning with hand coloured monochrome prints the studio quickly purchased a lithographic press and began to produce chromolithographic religious prints like this one. In this print, the goddess attacks the demon bestride her lion mount. The entire image is constructed to represent a sculpture of the scene, typically setting the action mounted on a stand and surrounded by a mandorla. One inscription, probably in Hindi, along the base reads ‘The Calcutta Art Studio.”

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2015

Place of origin
India
Year
late 19th century
Media
Print
Medium
chromolithograph
Dimensions
40.2 x 31.8 cm
Credit
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Accession number
105.2011