Chaiti at the Center of Santiniketan Village

Nandalal Bose, Indian, 1882 - 1966

Made in Santiniketan, West Bengal, Bengal Region, India, Asia

Modern Period


Etching on wove paper

Image: 5 9/16 × 5 inches (14.1 × 12.7 cm) Sheet: 7 13/16 × 6 15/16 inches (19.8 × 17.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Supratik Bose and Mary K. Eliot

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This image depicts the Chaiti at the center of the village of Santiniketan, where Bose was director of Kala Bhavana, the fine arts school that was part of Tagore’s university. The Chaiti, a glass case used for changing exhibitions, stood in a brick-and-mud, shrine-like structure that Bose had designed. In Bose’s delicate rendering, the Chaiti is partially hidden by a large tree whose spindly branches are cleanly truncated by the edges of the etching plate.