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Street scene with Kalighat temple, Calcutta

Street scene with Kalighat temple, Calcutta

Aquatinter: Zancon, Gaetano (1771-1816)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: P866

Item number: 866

Length: 14.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Coloured aquatint of a street scene with the Kalighat temple in Calcutta by Gaetano Zancon (1771-1816) dated c.1810. The temple of Kalighat was rebuilt in 1809 under the patronage of the Choudhury family at the site of a much older temple. The temple is dedicated to Kali, who represents the destructive side of Shiva's consort Sakti. Nineteenth-century European visitors to the city believed that the name Calcutta derived from the Kalighat temple.

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