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).