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Hanuman sets fire to Lankā, from an Illustrated Rāmāyana manuscript


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Title

Hanuman sets fire to Lankā, from an Illustrated Rāmāyana manuscript

Date

1787/1791

Period

Mughal Dynasty (1526-1857)

Medium

opaque watercolor on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 7 3/4 in x 10 1/2 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

miniature

illuminated manuscript

Culture

Indian

Credit Line

Gift of May Department Stores Company

Accession Number

2011.131.5

Copyright

public domain

Terms

manuscripts

miniatures

paintings

paper

watercolor

Description

Hanuman was captured while talking to Sitā, and Rāvana ordered that his tail be set on fire. Hanuman escaped his bonds, set fire to the city of Lankā with his tail, and then flew back across the ocean to safety.

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