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The Demon Marichi Tries to Dissuade Ravana

Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Kangra)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 14 in. (24.8 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.398.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
After Ravana decides to abduct Sita, he leaves his golden palace in Lanka, seen in the background, and travels over an ocean filled with fantastic creatures in his gem-studded chariot to find the demon Maricha, who is in the forest practicing asceticism. After hearing his intentions, a terrified Maricha tries unsuccessfully to dissuade Ravana. Maricha goes on to transform himself into a golden deer to lure Rama into the forest and thereby facilitate Ravana's kidnapping of Sita, an action that ultimately leads to Maricha's death. By the late eighteenth century the Kangra workshop was at its creative and technical zenith. The artist boldly filled much of the daring composition with a swirling ocean to indicate the remote and wild nature of Maricha's retreat whilst conveying a complex narrative.
Cynthia Hazen Polsky , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)
Princeton University Art Museum. "Indian Paintings from the Polsky Collections," May 8, 1982–June 18, 1982.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1999–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2000–2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gods and Demons," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings in the Punjab Hills," 2003.

New York. Asia Society. "In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India, Selections from the Polsky Collections and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 14, 2004–December 10, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ramayana," July 6, 2005–October 9, 2005.

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.

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