An image of Balarama and his wife Revati

Kalighat school

(India circa 1830 – 1930)

Balarama and his wife Revati

Other titles:
Balaram and his wife
Not on display
Further information

Images such as this are known as Kalighat paintings, after the famous Kalighat temple in Kolkata (Calcutta) dedicated to Kali, the fearsome goddess of time and death. From around 1830, distinctive, quickly painted souvenirs were produced in large numbers for visitors who flocked to the temple. The images were intended to aid domestic worship and typically illustrate Hindu deities. Later, mass-produced prints replaced Kalighat paintings. The Hindu gods and goddesses were popular subjects for the Kalighat artists. Balarama is the elder brother of the Hindu god Krishna. Here we see Balarama with a plough in his left hand, associating him with agriculture. His right foot raised to suggest music and dance.Balarama is accompanied by his wife Revati who had travelled from an earlier yuga (time period) to
marry him.

Place of origin
Kalighat, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Painting, Watercolour
watercolour with silver paint on paper
45.2 x 28.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1959
Accession number