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Shiva Carries the Corpse of Sati

ca. 1865–75
India (West Bengal, Calcutta, Khalighat)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and silver paint on paper
18 x 11 in. (45.7 x 27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Gift, and funds from various donors, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
In this painting, the god Shiva carries on his shoulders the corpse of his wife, Sati, who has committed suicide by fire. Pilgrims and devotees would have purchased such paintings as this one from craftsmen who worked around Calcutta's Kalighat temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali.
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