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Sitā is held captive in Lankā, from an Illustrated Rāmāyana manuscript


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Title

Sitā is held captive in 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 3/8 in x 10 1/4 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

miniature

illuminated manuscript

Culture

Indian

Credit Line

Gift of May Department Stores Company

Accession Number

2011.131.9

Copyright

public domain

Terms

manuscripts

miniatures

paintings

paper

watercolor

Description

Rāma and his forces arrived at the southern coast of India to learn that Rāvana had taken Sitā to his island home of Lankā. Hanuman, the monkey general sworn to Rāma's service, leapt across the ocean to search for Sitā. Here he is seen twice: once dashing across the roof of Rāvana’s palace and again in the garden. Rāvana is the ten-headed, manyarmed king shown in the center of his castle, surrounded by his ministers—donkeys, rats, and other creatures. Sitā keeps herself at a chaste distance in the far corner of a grove.

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