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A collection of over 55 paintings of figures and scenes from Hindu mythology. Kalighat, circa Watercolour on paper. Circa 3rd quarter 19th century. 25.5 x 21.6cm

Each with a contemporary pencil inscription written below the artist's sketches in English desribing the scene, in this example "Nrisingha abatar 4th incarnation of Vishnu in this abatar he killed the Daitya Heranya Kashipu." ( Narasimha avatara, 4th incarnation of Vishnu. In this incarnation he killed Daitya Hiranyakashipu.)

Of the 55 there are 52 here on view.

Ref:Kalighat collection

Sold at a London auction room

Shiva and Annapurna

Balarama

Balakrishna

Bhairavi

Bhuvaneswari

Brahmani

Buddha or Jagganath avatar. Orissans percieve Vishnu's Jagannath to be the 9th avatara,

believing him to have been conceived as Adi(Primordal) Buddha.

Mahishasuramardini

Ganesha on Parvati's lap

Ganga

Hari-Hara

Indra

Jagaddhatri

Kali tramples Shiva

Kalki avatara

Kamala Kamini

Kamala

Kartika

Krishna and Balarama

Krishna killing demon-uncle Kansa

Krishna killing Vakasura the demon disguised as a bird

Krishna killing Putana the giant demoness

Kaliyadamana - Krishna subdues serepent kaliyana

Krishna in deference to Radha

Kurma avatara

Lakshmana (Ananta)

Lakshmi

Lava and Kusha carry the bound Hanuman

Manasa

Matangi

Matsya avatar

Narasimha avatar

Panchmukha

Parashurama avatar

Shiva mourns Sati's death, a vulture awaits

Radha massages Krishna's feet

Rairaja attended by Krishna

Rajarajeswari Shakti

Rama avatara

Savitri begging Yama (god of death) not to take her husband Satyaban

Shitala

Shiva and Parvati with son Ganesha

Shiva and Parvati on Nandi

Vamana avatara

Varaha avatara. This peculiar renditon Varaha's boar head is typical of Kalighat painting.

Veenapani

Vishnu

Yama

Yashoda holding Krishna and Balarama

Sita with Lava

Durga

Arjuina shoots arrows into the fish to save Draupadi

All images and text © Peter Blohm