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A Courtesan Arranging a Flower in Her Hair

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A so-called Kalighat painting.

Kalighat painting is a school of painting in Kalighat, a small district in Calcutta. It is named after the celebrated Hindu goddess Kali. Kalighat painting originated from the folk art tradition of rural Bengal. The Patuas or picture makers had migrated from Bengal in the early nineteenth century. There are a range of subjects, from religious imagery of Hindu gods, goddesses and stories to natural history, social types and proverbs. The range of materials used in drawings are pencil, watercolour, Indian ink and silver paint.

Wellcome Collection

London

Title

A Courtesan Arranging a Flower in Her Hair

Date

1800s

Medium

gouache on paper

Measurements

H 45 x W 28 cm

Accession number

583062i

Acquisition method

presumed to be part of the collection formed by Henry S. Wellcome

Work type

Watercolour

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