Hanuman Revives Rama and Lakshmana with Medicinal Herbs

Artist:
Workshop active in the generation after Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)
Date:
ca. 1790
Culture:
India (Punjab Hills, Guler)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
9 15/16 x 13 15/16 in. (25.2 x 35.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.424.13
Not on view
At the upper left, Hanuman is flying through the air carrying the peak of a Himalayan mountain on which medicinal herbs grow. The mountain peak is seen (lower right), while Hanuman, with a handful of herbs, approaches and revives Rama and Lakshmana, who had been rendered unconscious on the field of battle outside the golden palace of Lanka (upper right). King Vibhishana accompanies Hanuman. Continuing the achievements of the Kangra school, this work combines astute naturalism in its attention to details with an illusionistic approach to landscape.
Cynthia Hazen Polsky , New York (until 1987; donated to MMA)
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. "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. "The Ramayana," July 6, 2005–October 9, 2005.

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