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The Goddess as Chinnamasta

Artist/maker unknown, possibly Narendra, Indian?, Indian or Bangladeshi

Made in India, Asia
Probably made in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), West Bengal, India, Asia

Modern Period


Opaque watercolor and bronze metallic paint on paper

Sheet: 11 1/8 × 7 7/16 inches (28.3 × 18.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Drawing on an ancient Hindu religious story for its subject matter, this dramatic watercolor depicts the goddess decapitating herself and feeding her hungry attendants with her blood. The pattern of triangles in the background is a yantra, the geometric visualization of the Goddess herself. The subject and figures are drawn from "miniature" paintings of North India, while the red signature stamp shows the interest in East Asia by artists of the Bengal School. Over the stamp is written in Bengali "Narendra" and the Bengali date "Agrahayon '46," equivalent to November-December 1939.