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The Monkey King Vali's Funeral Pyre

Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Kangra)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (24.8 x 34 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.367
Not on view
Smoke rises from the funerary pyre of the monkey king Vali, who was murdered by his brother and rival, Sugriva, with the help of Rama. At the upper left, Sugriva approaches Rama, seated in a cave, who affirms his standing as king of the monkeys. Emphasizing Rama’s wilderness existence are the sages in front of the thatched huts in the center background. A small scene set within the mountains to the right shows Sugriva, Hanuman, Lakshmana, and the monkey army (but not Rama) returning to their vast and impenetrable golden capital to crown Sugriva as the new king.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ramayana," July 6, 2005–October 9, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," November 20, 2007–March 16, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Epic India: Scenes from the Ramayana," March 30, 2010–September 19, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Hindu Court Painting," July 17, 2013–September 8, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: A Curatorial Legacy," June 15, 2016–December 4, 2016.

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