Exhibitions/ Art Object

Lakshmana and Sugriva Being Carried by Palanquin to Receive Rama's Blessings

Date:
ca. 1710–25
Culture:
India (Punjab Hills, Mankot)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
6 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (15.9 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.540.1
Not on view
This depiction does not match the regal description of the event in the Ramayana: "Sugriva and Lakshmana mounted the golden litter that shone like the sun andwas supported by a large number of monkeys. A white canopy was spread over Sugriva's head and magnificent fans made of yaks' tails were waived about him. Eulogized by bards, to the sound of conches and trumpets, he set out in regal state." Here, Lakshmana and the monkey king Sugriva are conversing in a palanquin carried by four monkeys to offer allegiance to Rama. Leading the way through the forest are Hanuman and the bear king Jambavan and accompanying monkeys. This page, along with Hanuman before Rama and Lakshmana, is part of a large Ramayana series thought to be from the court studio at Mankot.
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