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  • Calcutta Art Studio
  • Kali, circa 1890
  • Where object was made: Calcutta, India
  • lithograph, hand coloring
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 395 x 287 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 15 9/16 x 11 5/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 424 x 328 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 11/16 x 12 15/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0347

Kali, the fierce aspect of the Hindu goddess Durga (Parvati), stands on the slain body of her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, in a battlefield setting. She has a dark blue complexion, wild unbound hair, an extended red tongue, a garland of severed heads, and a belt of detached arms, which are all her most characteristic features. She holds a severed head by its hair in one of her four hands, while in another she holds a bloody cleaver. The images are surrounded by texts in Sanskrit.