Exhibitions/ Art Object

Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs

Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
India (Rajasthan)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth
Dimensions:
Overall: 51 1/4 x 45 3/4 in. (130.2 x 116.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward M. Bratter, 1957
Accession Number:
57.70.6
Not on view
This devotional image of Hanuman celebrates his most famous heroic feat—carrying the Himalayan Mount Vindaya to Rama and Laskmana, who, gravely wounded in combat, were in desperate need of the medicinal herbs that grow on its upper slopes (compare Hanuman Revives Rama and Lakshmana with Medicinal Herbs). Unsure which plants to gather, Hanuman breaks off the entire peak and carries it through the sky back to Rama. On his shoulder is a diminutive image of his Lord. Hanuman's mighty tail carries his army, which encircles the monkey general and Rama, emblematic of the strategic importance of Hanuman's alliance to Rama's victory against Ravana on Lanka. This painting is a reminder of the significant cult devoted to Hanuman that emerged in later periods; his supernatural strength, military prowess, and above all loyalty were qualities much admired, especially by the Rajputs.
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