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"Rama Receives Sugriva and Jambavat, the Monkey and Bear Kings", Folio from a Ramayana

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1605
Geography:
Attributed to India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm) W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) Page: H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm) W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.503
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Prince Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana was won with the aid of the monkey and bear armies. Here, the blue-skinned Rama is seated in front of a curved pavilion with the monkey and bear kings, Sugriva and Jambavat, who stand before him with folded hands. The page comes from a copy of the Ramayana probably made for the Mughal courtier Bir Singh Deo of Datia.
Datia Royal Collection, India; Private collection, Calcutta (from 1947); Private collection, Europe; [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2002; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ramayana," 2005.

New York. Asia Society. "In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India, Selections from the Polsky Collections and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 14, 2004–January 2, 2005, no. 159.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art," September 23, 2013–January 26, 2014, no catalogue.

Topsfield, Andrew, ed. "Arts of India." In In the Realm of Gods and Kings. London; New York: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004. no. 159, pp. 354-355, 360-361, ill. pp. 355, 361, (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 249A, pp. 339, 356-357, ill. p. 357 (color).



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