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Building the Bridge to Lanka

Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
India (Pahari Hills, Kangra)
Medium:
Ink and wash with translucent watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (26.7 x 32.1 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:
2008.359.7
Not on view
The monkey army is shown constructing a bridge to Lanka so that Sita can be rescued from the evil Ravana. Above, the monkey king Sugriva and his general Hanuman consult with Rama and Lakshmana, who sit in a nearby forest. Typical of late eighteenth-century Kangra painters, the artist devoted great attention to descriptive details and dramatized the composition by the use of the jutting rock formation that intercepts the composition diagonally, energizing the whole.
Possibly Shri Parshotam Ram Kapoor , Jalandhar and New Delhi, India ; Subhash Kapoor , New York (until 2008; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.

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

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