Untitled (Kojagori Lakshmi)

Early Bengal Oils

Untitled (Kojagori Lakshmi)


c. late 19th century


29.7 x 26.0 in. / 75.4 x 66.0 cm.


Oil on canvas

The term ‘Kojagori’ is derived from the Bengali words Ke Jago Re meaning ‘who is awake’. It is believed that on Kojagori Lakshmi Puja, the goddess visits her devotees to bless them with health, wealth and prosperity. Untitled (Kojagori Lakshmi) highlights the naturalistic and near-naturalistic executions of Early Bengal oils, in demand among the newly-rich people of Bengal in the late nineteenth century. These were created by traditional artists from the lower ranks of society who tried to acquire the naturalistic technique of the European painters.

published references

Singh, Kishore, ed., Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 19th and 20th Century Modern Art (New Delhi: DAG, 2014), p. 174

Untitled (Kojagori Lakshmi)
Untitled (Kojagori Lakshmi)
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