Exhibitions/ Art Object

Mara Bringing the Demons to Life

Artist:
Attributed to the Seu Family
Artist:
possibly Manaku (active ca. 1725–60)
Date:
mid-18th century
Culture:
India (Pahari Hills, Guler)
Medium:
Ink and wash on paper
Dimensions:
Image (sight): 8 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (21.6 x 30.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.359.5
Not on view
An inscription above the principal demon tells us "This is where Mara brings the demons to life." The master Manaku produced an extensive series of Ramayana paintings that are populated with closely related demons. If this drawing was not actually executed by the artist Manaku, it almost certainly was produced by his workshop.
Inscription: Inscription at top left: "… this is where Mara brings the demons to life"
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