Rama and Lakshmana Visit the Hermitage of an Ascetic
Attributed to a first-generation master after Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)
India (Pahari Hills, Guler or Kangra)
Red ochre and wash on paper
8 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (21.3 x 28.9 cm)
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Not on view
This sketch is likely a scene from the Ramayana illustrating Lakshmana and Rama along with their army visiting an ascetic and his followers. The rapid gestural quality of the sketch fits well with other preparatory drawings attributed to artists who followed the great master Nainsukh within the Seu family workshops in the Punjab Hills.
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.