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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2013.168
People
Nandalal Bose, Indian (1882 - 1966)
Title
Untitled (Two Serpents in a River)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1961
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, West Bengal
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/349801
Location
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink with traces of charcoal on Asian paper
Dimensions
27.9 x 38.7 cm (11 x 15 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: signed: upper right: black ink, Bengali: ১২ ২ ৬১ (12 2 61) [12 February 1961], signature of the artist
  • seal: upper right: rectangular, red, intaglio seal of the artist
Provenance
Nandalal Bose, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, (-1966), by inheritance; to his son, Biswarup Bose, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India (1966-1969 to 1971), gift; to Supratik Bose, grandson of Nandalal Bose, Cambridge, MA, (between 1969 and 1971-2013), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mary K. Eliot and Supratik Bose in honor of Professor Pramod Chandra, George P. Bickford Research Professor of Indian and South Asian Art, emeritus, Harvard University
Accession Year
2013
Object Number
2013.168
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Rising above the water level in a river, two snakes face one another against a backdrop of barren hills. The meaning of this image in not clear. It was made during the last decade of Nandalal Bose’s life, when he depicted scenes from nature conjured from memory or imagination.
Exhibition History

A Colloquium in the Visual Arts , Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 01/02/2022

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