Mara Bringing the Demons to Life, Attributed to the Seu Family, Ink and wash on paper, India (Pahari Hills, Guler)

Mara Bringing the Demons to Life

Attributed to the Seu Family
possibly Manaku (active ca. 1725–60)
mid-18th century
India (Pahari Hills, Guler)
Ink and wash on paper
Image (sight): 8 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (21.6 x 30.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
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"
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.

Asian Art (35,454)