Cat and lobster

Kalam PatuaEarly 21st century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

This is a contemporary patua watercolour of a cat holding a lobster in its mouth. The cat has Vaishnava caste marks on its forehead. Images like these which were popular among the general population of 19th century Kolkata acted as a warning to be wary of fraud brahmins who trap innocent people just as a sly cat traps the helpless lobster.


  • Title: Cat and lobster
  • Creator: Kalam Patua
  • Date Created: Early 21st century
  • Location: Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 41.2 cm, W. 33.7 cm
  • Type: Kalighat Painting
  • Medium: Watercolour on paper
  • Museum No.: PTG.01622
  • Department: Painting

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