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Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts | Licence: CC0 1.0
Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts | Licence: CC0 1.0

Great Indian Fruit Bat

c.1777-1782

Attributed to Bhawani Das

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Title

Great Indian Fruit Bat

Date

c.1777-1782

Artist

Attributed to Bhawani Das

Description

This dramatic image is of the great Indian fruit bat (Pteropus giganteus) frontally displayed with one wing out-stretched. The body is shown in considerable detail, with the bat’s fur, eyes, curling claws, and wing veins naturalistically articulated. This work is closely related to another image of a bat painted by the well-known artist Bhawani Das, who was trained in Mughal miniature painting and commissioned by Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of Bengal (1774–1782), and his wife, Lady Mary, to make extensive natural history studies at their estate in Calcutta. It was perhaps made by a follower of Bhawani Das who worked in a slightly more naturalistic mode. Medium: pencil, ink, and opaque watercolor on paper.
Additional Makers: Circle of - Bhawani Das
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Location

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Country

Continent

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