Cat and lobster

Unknown Maker(s)20th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

This is the print of a cat clutching on to a lobster with his mouth. The cat has a caste-mark on his forehead and has a spotted body. This imagery was a common visual in popular art of Bengal and acted as a symbol to be wary of fraud brahmins (the cat) who feed on the innocence of the common man (the lobster).


  • Title: Cat and lobster
  • Creator: Unknown Maker(s)
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location: Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 45 cm, W. 32 cm
  • Type: Bengal Woodcut Print
  • Medium: Woodcut Print
  • Museum No.: POP.01723
  • Department: Popular Culture

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