Kotaler Chor Dhora

Unknown Maker(s), after Gopicharan SwarnakarLate 20th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

This is a print depicting an episode from a story about police chasing a thief. Three female figures stand on one side, of which one seems to be talking. They are all dressed in lehenga and cholis and their heads are covered with a veil. One of them has her finger raised towards the groups of three men who stand on the other side. Of these three men, one is larger than the others and holds a sword, the second male figure is perhaps the thief who is shown with his hand tied with a rope and the third figure holds the other end of this rope along with a spear. The largest of these male figures is dressed in an elaborate jama and a turban with a plume. A bengali inscription at the bottom of the print identifies the theme of the composition (Kotaler Chor Dhora, literally translating to 'the police catching the thief') and the name of the printing studio.


  • Title: Kotaler Chor Dhora
  • Creator: Unknown Maker(s), after Gopicharan Swarnakar
  • Date Created: Late 20th century
  • Location: Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 40.5 cm, W. 26.4 cm
  • Type: Bengal Woodcut Print
  • Medium: Woodcut Print
  • Museum No.: POP.01722
  • Department: Popular Culture

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