Sitalmata (the Smallpox Goddess), and Stone Lingams Being Worshipped, Calcutta

Artist: Raghubir Singh (Indian, 1942–1999)

Date: 1988

Medium: Chromogenic print

Dimensions: 25.3 x 37.8 cm (9 15/16 x 14 7/8 in.)
Frame: 18 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.1283

Rights and Reproduction: Photograph copyright © Succession Raghubir Singh


In this work, Singh captures the popular votive figures used by Hindus today in festivals, ceremonies, and homes. The photograph provides an interesting comparison with the work of Ravinder Reddy, whose sculptures are influenced by votive figures of this type.