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Exhibitions/ Art Object

Hanuman before Rama and Lakshmana

Date:
ca. 1710–25
Culture:
India (Punjab Hills, Mankot)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
8 x 12 1/8 in. (20.3 x 30.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.16
Not on view
When Hanuman, as the messenger of Sugriva, first encounters Rama and Lakshmana, he assumes the form and aspect of a sage. After much discussion a pact of friendship is decided upon and Hanuman returns to his natural monkey form. This moment was chosen, as Hanuman's disguise would have confused the viewer; moreover this portrayal allowed the artist to emphasize his role as a general of the great monkey army. The Mankot Ramayana series (see also Lakshmana and Sugriva Being Carried by Palanquin to Receive Rama's Blessings) focuses on Rama's exile in the forest; the heroes are depicted in the attire of forest dwellers—leaf shirts and hats—and the landscape is rendered in green. The narrow skyline is broken by jagged storm clouds, descendents of the Persian clouds introduced 150 years earlier.
San Diego Museum of Art. "5000 Years of Art," October 11, 1981–December 6, 1981.

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "5000 Years of Art," January 10, 1982–February 7, 1982.

Mobile. Fine Arts Museum of the South. "5000 Years of Art," March 30, 1982–May 9, 1992.

Midland Art Center. "5000 Years of Art," June 13, 1982–August 25, 1982.

Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "5000 Years of Art," September 19, 1982–November 14, 1982.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selections for the Opening of The Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries," 1994.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Paintings," 1994–95.

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

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

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

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.

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