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Lot 38

A Kalighat painting depicting the goddess Lakshmi killing Bakasura, Kalighat, Bengal, late...

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Lot 38

A Kalighat painting depicting the goddess Lakshmi killing Bakasura, Kalighat, Bengal, late...

Price Realised: £845

Estimate: £600 - £800

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 38


A Kalighat painting depicting the goddess Lakshmi killing Bakasura, Kalighat, Bengal, late 19th-early 20th century, opaque pigments on thick woven paper, the goddess depicted opening the beak of a bird demon, 46.7 x 34.5cm. 

Provenance: Private London collection

Our painting shows the well-known scene where the demon crane is killed by Krishna. Bakasura, sent by the demon Kamsa to kill Krishna, had previously swallowed him. However, Krishna radiated so much heat that Bakasura was forced to regurgitate him, thus setting him free. Krishna seized the crane's beak and tore him apart.

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